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Re: [opensuse-kernel] A process sits in memory, cannot kill
  • From: Michal Kubeček <mkubecek@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 08:17:21 +0100
  • Message-id: <1886766.rfXOmZrUCB@alaris>
On Wednesday 14 of December 2011 22:59EN, Cristian Rodríguez wrote:
On 14/12/11 22:15, Ilya Chernykh wrote:
anixx 16677 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? Z 04:48 0:00
[firefox-bin]<defunct>

How should I terminate it without reboot?

Did you tried sending SIGKILL to the processes ?

Sending KILL to a zombie doesn't help.

(by default SIGTERM is sent, not SIGKILL) also report a bug against
firefox, it should not do that

The problem is not this process (it's finished now), the problem is its
parent. It should have called waitpid() or similar but it haven't for
some reason. Killing the parent is the way to get rid of the zombie.

Michal Kubeček

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