killing a stuck "D" process
dotancohen at gmail.com
Fri Jul 29 11:32:29 UTC 2005
On 7/29/05, Damian Menscher <menscher at uiuc.edu> wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Jul 2005, Gaspar Bakos wrote:
> > We are trying to kill a process that is "stuck", and we have found no
> > way to kill it yet.
> > We tried kill with many signals, including 'kill -9', and also removing
> > forcedly the 'st' module on which this nasty tar is running.
> > Any ideas?
> > ------
> > 21586 ? D 0:14 tar tvf /dev/nst0
> > PPid: 1
> You have three options:
> o Wait for it to finish on its own (may never happen if it's trying to
> access a hardware device that no longer exists).
> o Ignore it -- it's not using resources anyway.
> o Kill its parent. In your case, the parent is init, so this is
> equivalent to rebooting.
> Damian Menscher
What would cause a process to get so stuck that it could not be
killed? I just want to know before I fall into that trap myself.
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