When you use the Force Quit dialog from the Apple menu or Command+Option+Esc, you are actually sending a signal, called SIGKILL, to the application you chose in the list. This signal forces an application or process to end, regardless of what it's doing.
There are many more signals besides SIGKILL, such as SIGTERM (quit), and SIGABRT (abort). Many of these are useful when programs freeze, yet they are normally difficult to use and require typing more...
- Changed from SignalSender to SendSignal, added option to run as root.
- Mac OS X 10.5 or later (not tested on, but should work with 10.4 and up).