Zombie Processes

Thomas E. Dukes edukes at alltel.net
Mon Oct 4 03:34:18 UTC 2004


> -----Original Message-----
> From: fedora-list-bounces at redhat.com 
> [mailto:fedora-list-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf Of Geoffrey 
> Kransdorf
> Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2004 11:23 PM
> To: fedora-list at redhat.com
> Subject: Re: Zombie Processes
> 
> >>> 
> >>> On Sun, 2004-10-03 at 19:13, Thomas E. Dukes wrote:
> >>
> >>>> > Hello,
> >>>> > 
> >>>> > I have several zombie processes but don't know how to 
> determine 
> >>>> > who they belong to.  I have 3 each of [c++filt] and
> >>
> >>> [addr2line].  They won't kill.
> >>
> >>>> > 
> >>>> > TIA
> >>
> >>> Have you tried Kill -9 ?
> >>> 
> > 
> > Hello,
> > 
> > Yes, it didn't kill it (them).  I'd like to find out whats causing 
> > them as well.  Has to be something broken.  I can reboot 
> and they are 
> > there as fast as I can login and do a ps ax.
> > 
> 
> You can't kill a Zombie process--it's already dead (hence the 
> cute name).  You need to identify the parent process that's 
> spawning them and kill that, after which they will get an 
> init 8 and exit.
> 
> Try a ps -AT (all processes, threaded), to see if you can 
> figure out the parent that's spawning them.

Thanks,

I think its tomcat.  If I stop tomcat, they disappear.




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