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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.
-Rob


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