Sean Schulte

Twitter: @sirsean


For the longest time, I've gone through an annoying manual step of killing Tomcat when it needs to die.

ps aux | grep tomcat

Search for the right one (ie, not the grep), and manually enter the process id into:

kill -9 <process id>

Normally, Tedium is a good enough motivator for me to script something like this. But this time, I waited until Ridicule threw its hat into the ring. After a coworker asked why I didn't script it, it was really only a matter of time.

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

ps = `ps aux | grep catalina.startup.Bootstrap | grep -v grep`
chunks = ps.split(" ")
if not chunks.empty?
    pid = chunks[1]
    puts "Killing pid: #{pid}"
    `kill -9 #{pid}`

And now all I have to do is:


There you go. Tomcat is dead.