F11: kill -9 doesn't work

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Wed Jul 22 13:07:23 UTC 2009

On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 01:02:09PM +0100, Terry Barnaby wrote:
> Hi,
> I have noticed on several occasions, that running "kill -9 <pid>" on
> a GUI 3D process that is locked at 100% CPU usage (X-Server 100% also)
> does not work. The 100% lockup I'm sure is due to the currently buggy
> 3D support (ATI in my case), but I am surprised that I cannot kill
> either the GUI or X processes. Only a reboot appears to work.
> Has something changed here ??

If you provide more details, such as the actual process you're
running, people might be able to try to duplicate the problem.  I've
never seen an occasion where kill -9 didn't work, but that doesn't
mean it's not possible with some horribly written code.

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