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Re: [SLE] killing zombies?
  • From: zentara <zentara@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 12:29:00 -0400
  • Message-id: <20030620122900.6b096406.zentara@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On 20 Jun 2003 17:52:50 +0200
Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>On Fri, 2003-06-20 at 17:47, Rikard Johnels wrote:
>> Hash: SHA1
>> A recent 'ps x' gave me
>> 6402 ? Z 0:00 [aplay] <defunct>
>> And a 'kill -9 6402' is ineffective.
>> Can i kill it at all?
>You can't kill a zombie, it's already dead (insert sound of Bela Lugosi
>laughing eerily :)
>A zombie is a process which has exited but which still is listed in the
>process table because it's parent is still running and hasn't cleaned up
>after it

I havn't tried it, but shouldn't root be able to go into /proc and just
delete the directory for the zombie pid? Maybe there is some special
way of doing it? Would it take a kernel patch?

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