Here's a simple Python program that shows how the os.kill function from Python's standard library, along with the os.getpid function and the signal module , can be used to terminate the current program - the one it is called from:
''' Program: test_self_kill.py A program to show that the os.kill function can be used to terminate the current program. Author: Vasudev Ram Copyright 2016 Vasudev Ram https://vasudevram.github.io http://jugad2.blogspot.com https://gumroad.com/vasudevram ''' from __future__ import print_function import sys, os, signal print("Python version:", sys.version) print("This line will be printed.") os.kill(os.getpid(), signal.SIGTERM) print("If os.kill works, this line will not be printed.")Program output when run in Python 2.7:
$ python test_self_kill.py Python version: 2.7.11 (v2.7.11:6d1b6a68f775, Dec 5 2015, 20:40:30) [MSC v.1500 64 bit (AMD64)] This line will be printed.Program output when run in Python 3.6:
$ python test_self_kill.py Python version: 3.6.0a2 (v3.6.0a2:378893423552, Jun 14 2016, 01:21:40) [MSC v.19 00 64 bit (AMD64)] This line will be printed.As you can see, the second call to the print function does not run, because the program terminates itself.
You can read about Unix signals here and here.
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