How to kill a process in GCP

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Often times, some rogue processes gets in a busy spin mode using up 100% of the CPUs. I have a GCP Ubunutu instance with 4 CPU Cores and 32 Gigs of RAM. I still get into this situation of 100% CPU usage and I can't even SSH into the VM instance.

Does GCP provide a way of killing the offending process? Through gcloud SDK command or web console?
Mar 31 in GCP by Rahul
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GCP does not provide you with any tool to kill processes. Instead you can SSH your VM instance, figure out what process is eating away at the CPU and stop it by executing these commands.

  • Open Terminal using Ctrl + Alt + T
  • Execute the command 'top'
  • Note the process using the most amount of CPU
  • If it isn't a system process kill it with sudo pkill[processname] where [processname] is the name of the process you want to kill
answered Apr 6 by Korak
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