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SubjectRe: is killing zombies possible w/o a reboot?
On Wednesday 03 November 2004 14:03, Måns Rullgård wrote:
>Gene Heskett <> writes:
>> On Wednesday 03 November 2004 12:44, DervishD wrote:
>>> Hi Gene :)
>>> * Gene Heskett <> 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.

Define 'parent' when it was a click on the apps icon on the xwindow
screen that started it, please.

Cheers, gene
gheskett at wdtv dot com
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