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Re: F11: kill -9 doesn't work

Terry Barnaby wrote:
On 07/22/2009 02:07 PM, Paul W. Frields wrote:
On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 01:02:09PM +0100, Terry Barnaby wrote:

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.

The system in question is a dual Xeon system running Fedora-11 with all updates
to 2009-07-22. Graphics board is an ATI RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO].
I have some applications installed from rpmfusion including paraview.

Currently if I run paraview, X goes to 100% and I can no longer
operate the system via mouse/keyboard. Via a network login I
can "killall -9 X" but that does nothing to X. I have also
tried killing paraview in the same way with no effect (possibly
after trying to kill X).

I hope this is a typo, process "X" is long gone, the X process is called "Xorg" now. I assume you had a finger check and actually killed the real X process.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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