Why I am not getting signal SIGKILL on kill -9 command in bash?


In bash script I handle different signal as follows:


sighdl () 
  echo "signal caught"
  #do something
  exit 0


Above code handle signal properly for following activity:

  1. Ctrl+C
  2. kill pid
  3. pkill scriptname

For kill -9 pid it does not call sighdl. As per my understanding (if I am not wrong) kill -9 sends the SIGKILL signal.

Any idea?


You cannot do that. Yes 9 is SIGKILL and Unix system by design doesn’t allow any script/program to trap SIGKILL due to security reasons. Otherwise any script can trap & ignore SIGKILL which will make impossible to terminate that script by OS.

Answered By – anubhava

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