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    SubjectRe: kill -9 <pid of X>
    On Thu, 13 Aug 1998, Linus Torvalds wrote:
    > Yes, root should. And I already told people that
    > (a) "init" is special, because the kernel explicitly knows about it (both
    > for reaping children and for rebooting the system). As such, "init"
    > has meaning for the integrity of the kernel itself, something that is
    > _not_ true of anything else, certainly not the X server.
    > (b) even so, most of that is historical.
    > In short, I'd be more willing to remove the init special case than to add
    > a new special case. Case closed,

    I missed that message along the line... For pure cleanliness, I think that
    'kill -9 1' should be blocked in userspace tools. It does make much more
    sense there.

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