[Smaug] Dumb zombie question

David A. Gatwood dgatwood at mklinux.org
Thu, 30 May 2002 23:54:17 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 30 May 2002, Paul Thomas wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have some zombie processes that are smarter than I am and
> I don't know how to make them go away without rebooting.

A zombie is just the unreaped child process of a currently running
process.  Figure out what process ran the zombies and restart it, and the
zombies will go away by themselves.  In a ps -aux, look at the PPID
(parent process id) field, and kill that process.


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