Can't kill a process

Ed Greshko Ed.Greshko at
Fri May 18 07:06:37 UTC 2007

Mike McCarty wrote:
> Ed Greshko wrote:
>> Simon Slater wrote:
>>>     A quick question for someone: a process running as root can't be
>>> killed
>>> by kill PID.  How do I kill it?
>> Do a "ps PID"....  If the STAT shows "Z" it means the process is a
>> zombie.
>> And, as we all know, you can't kill a zombie.  :-)
> That's because it's already dead. Just nowhere to send
> the death signal.

I wouldn't quite say it that way.  There is a place to send the signal, the
PID, it is just that the process isn't listening.  It is waiting on something.

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