Process Killer Experiment
The Process Killer experiment kills targeted processes over a supplied interval throughout the length of the experiment.
When targeting processes with the
--process argument, you can pass a regular expression, which matches processes in the same way that pgrep(1) does, or you can pass a specific Process ID (PID). When passing a regular expression, Gremlin will only match on the process name (
--full is also supplied.
PID 1 is most commonly reserved for the init process. On hosts, Process Killer does not work for PID 1. Instead, you should use a Shutdown experiment. On container-based systems (e.g. Kubernetes), you can terminate PID 1, which has the same effect as running a Shutdown experiment.
The only exception is if you want to repeatedly terminate a container process, which is only possible with Process Killer. In that case, you would need to run Process Killer on the container host, ensure that the Gremlin agent is deployed with
hostPID set to
true, and select the container process from the host.
The Process Killer experiment sends the signal supplied by
--signal (defaults to
KILL) to processes identified by the rest of the supplied arguments.
This experiment requires the
KILL capability, which is enabled by default at installation time. See capabilities(7)
|Signal||-s string||False||1.8.0||The signal to send to target processes. Values: [|
|Interval||-i int||False||1.8.0||The number of seconds to delay before kills.|
|Process||-p reg ex or int||True||1.8.0||The process name to match (allows regex) or the process ID.|
|Group||-g string||False||1.8.0||The group name or ID to match against (name matches only).|
|User||-u string||False||1.8.0||The user name or ID to match against (name matches only).|
|Newest||-n||False||1.8.0||If set the newest matching process will be killed (name matches only, cannot be used with -o).|
|Oldest||-o||False||1.8.0||If set the oldest matching process will be killed (name matches only, cannot be used with -n).|
|Exact||-e||False||1.8.0||If set the match must be exact and not just a substring match (name matches only).|
|Kill Children||-c||False||1.8.0||If set the processes children will also be killed.|
|Full Match||-f||False||1.8.0||If set the processes name match will occur against the full command line string that the process was launched with.|
|Length||-l int||False||1.8.0||The length of the experiment (seconds).|