Killing Zombie process!

Broekman, Maarten Maarten.Broekman at FMR.COM
Tue Oct 23 14:04:01 UTC 2007

You are correct that killing the zombie processes (kill [-9] <pid of
zombie>) won't do anything. However, if their parent process is
something other than PID 1 (init), you can (in general) get rid of the
zombie by killing the parent process.  To get rid of zombies whose
parent is init, you will need to reboot.

Maarten Broekman
Email: maarten.broekman at

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:redhat-list-bounces at] On Behalf Of Cameron Simpson
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 8:33 PM
To: debu; General Red Hat Linux discussion list
Cc: smitha rao
Subject: Re: Killing Zombie process!

On 22Oct2007 22:46, debu <debajit_kataki at> wrote:
| Yes you can do so...

No, you cannot.

| Try this:
| ps aux | awk '{ print $8 " " $2 }' | grep -w Z; 

This may find them. Killing them won't do anything.
Cameron Simpson <cs at> DoD#743

Zombies don't get pumped.       - Jake, in rec.climbing

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