I am the admin on a shared MacOS X: Big_server running Yosemite. This technical detail isn't a key one: I have the same question with many versions of MacOS X from Mountain Lion to El Capitan.

But today I have a practical big case and time to analyze and test poor and good solutions. Big_server is hosting professionnal services and can't be rebooted to play.

I have another user bob who left his session open. He forgot to close it and is on vacation for many weeks. I know how to kill bob's session like a pig.

However, I noticed that this colleague has more than 50 processes running, some of them terminating with:


and I would like to avoid corrupting any of his libraries or files which might have been left opened.

How may I terminate cleanly bob's session without corrupting anything?

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