When you execute something that you did not want to happen, the output just keeps going like crazy and you really want to stop it. For example, I enter locate a, the command will search for everything with the letter a, which means millions. I need to interrupt and stop the execution.

Stop an execution

To interrupt whatever is going on, use


This will stop everything. Use this command wisely, you don’t want to interrupt an installation as it will mess your files and directories up.


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