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    SubjectRe: is killing zombies possible w/o a reboot?
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    Gene Heskett <gene.heskett@verizon.net> writes:

    > On Wednesday 03 November 2004 12:44, DervishD wrote:
    >> Hi Gene :)
    >>
    >> * Gene Heskett <gene.heskett@verizon.net> dixit:
    >>> > Or write a little program that just 'wait()'s for the
    >>> > specified PID's. That is perfectly portable IMHO. But I must
    >>> > admit that the preferred way should be killing the parent.
    >>> > 'init' will reap the children after that.
    >>>
    >>> But what if there is no parent, since the system has already
    >>> disposed of it?
    >>
    >> Then the children are reparented to 'init' and 'init' gets rid
    >> of them. That's the way UNIX behaves.
    >
    > Unforch, I've *never* had it work that way. Any dead process I've
    > ever had while running linux has only been disposable by a reboot.

    That's because its parent was still sitting around refusing to wait()
    for them.

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    Måns Rullgård
    mru@inprovide.com
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