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[Bug 479855] tail -f /var/log/messages can only be killed with kill -9 <PID>
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  • Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 08:13:22 -0700 (MST)
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User lpechacek@xxxxxxxxxx added comment

Libor Pecháček <lpechacek@xxxxxxxxxx> changed:

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--- Comment #4 from Libor Pecháček <lpechacek@xxxxxxxxxx> 2009-03-02 08:13:21
MST ---
Thanks. Unfortunately I was a little bit too fast on requesting information
from you and did not realize that you *can* kill the process with KILL signal.
That means the process is not in D state, and sysrq-t will not show anything

Overall the process list from comment #2 looks more or less OK, so I'd like to
know more about your problem:
1) If you run tail(1) on other files in the system, can it be killed with
Ctrl-C or kill -TERM? Please try e.g. 'tail -f /var/log/mail', 'tail -f
/etc/passwd' or some others.
2) Please attach full output of 'ps sxa', after you tried to kill it with
3) Is your system up-to-date? Does 'yast2 online_update' report any updates to
4) Which KDE version do you use? KDE3 or KDE4? Can this bug be reproduced in
the text console? Switch to text mode console with Ctrl-Alt-F1, log in as root
and run the tail process. Does it show the same behavior as in KDE?

TIA for answering the above questions.

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