kill -9 doesn't work

Corey Edwards tensai at zmonkey.org
Tue Feb 8 09:30:44 MST 2005


On Tue, 2005-02-08 at 09:16, Ryan Byrd wrote:
> nagios    5574  0.0  0.3  8276 2968 ?        D    09:08   0:00
> /usr/bin/php -q /usr/local/nagios/libexec/check_replication.php
> 
> you'll notice that the processes are in the "D" state which seems to
> indicate that they can not be interrupted.
> 
> Anyway to kill them without rebooting?

Short answer: no. The only way for them to die is for the process to
wakeup from its slumber and accept the signals you've been sending.

Normally processes will only enter the D state when they are having I/O
issues. Often that means you've got a hard drive in death throes.

Corey

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