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Howto stop or terminate Linux command process with CTRL + C

Q. Sometime I type command and accidentally hit the [ENTER] key and immeditly realized that it was wrong command. How do I stop process assuming that process is not going in background? For example
cp /path/* /wrong/path

Stop or terminate Linux command process with CTRL + C

A. To stop process hit CTRL + C, for example, you entered:
$ cp -r /path/* /wrong/path

To stop the command hit CTRL+C and retype the command:
$ cp -r /path/* /correct/path

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  • web design guy August 2, 2009, 9:18 pm

    I read that typing ‘reset’ works, even if you cant see it typing. I just use ctrl+c

  • takalani October 25, 2013, 7:45 am

    ./ManualManageDB.shn /user/SHARK/log_files/sms.cfg 131022

    how can i stop that command, it is loading data into mysql table.

  • Ruben September 2, 2016, 10:53 am

    Is there a way I can stop a command without actually switching focus to the terminal window running the command? More specifically I’m trying to stop a script that switches focus to other window. It’s a script running xdotool commands and sometimes it goes wrong and needs to be stopped quickly.

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