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I want to quit a process but without force quitting it. Is that possible from the terminal?

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kill acts on Unix level, the targeted process is free to ignore any signal besides kill -9. And depending on the internal structure of the process you are looking at, kill -15 will not be the same as 'File->Quit'.

As an alternative you could do something like osascript -e 'tell application "Safari" to quit'.

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