iPhone Shell command to permanently kill respawning apps

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by NedBookPro, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. NedBookPro macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    Hi all,

    After a couple of days, my phone bogs down and almost grinds to a halt. So much so that answering an incoming call in almost missed because the slider is unresponsive.

    Usually a reboot fixes all this and the phone is back to normal, but a few days later it happens again.

    I've managed to put an automatic reboot script on the phone (in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/), and so now the phone will reboot every morning around 3am. Cool.

    What I'd like to know is, how do I do a clean reboot.. ie, have all apps like facebook, messenger, etc NOT re-open on reboot.

    I noticed that when logged in via ssh that if I kill -9 [Facebook PID] that it respawns. Using launchctl doesn't seem to work either. I figure there must be a way to do this, I've googled it to death with no solution.

    I would have thought there's a way to do some kind of "clean boot".

    Can anyone help?
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I can't give you any shell commands, but I can tell you what I do/use.

    I reboot my phone every morning, but not through a daemon. I use Activator for that. When things start slowing down I use Kill Background which kills all the backgrounded apps at once. Both are available in Cydia.

    As far as repeatedly terminating a process, I don't know.
  3. NedBookPro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    It would be nice to do this via a shell command. That way I can do it all without having to touch the phone, and let it happen overnight.
  4. JPNFRK7 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2012
    I guess you could set it to reboot when you connect to a power source in Activator. Could get a little annoying during the day.

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