[Smaug] Dumb zombie question

Paul Thomas paul at cuenet.com
Fri, 31 May 2002 00:32:17 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 30 May 2002, David A. Gatwood wrote:

> 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.

Gave it a go and nothing showed up for PPID's. Aren't zombies the
unreaped child processes of parents that aren't running anymore?



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