The Undead Process

Matthew Frederico mfrederico at
Thu Feb 24 09:33:42 MST 2005

On Thu, 24 Feb 2005 08:49:48 -0700, Sasha Pachev <sasha at> wrote:
> Matt:
> A child process becomes a zombie when it terminates, but the parent had not yet
> reaped its exit status with the wait4() call. If the parent refuses to reap, you
> can kill the parent. However, it is best to understand why the parent is not
> reaping.

Yeah, I guess I should have been more clear ... These are [NFSD]
processes with a parent ID of 1 ... I really don't want to have to
reboot -- which I ended up doing anyway.  Fixed the problem.

Thanks for your help Sasha and Doran!

-- Matthew Frederico

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