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Re: Killing a zombie process?

Paul Goyette <> writes:

> On Thu, 24 Sep 2015, Gary Duzan wrote:
> Yup, my zombie's parent PPID==1
>>   If init is really its parent, check its "ps axl" output and
>> check its WCHAN. If it isn't "wait", maybe run "ktruss -p 1" to
>> get an idea of what it is doing instead of wait*() calls.
> See ps output above;  init's WCHAN==wait
> So no clue on why it's not getting around to reaping child 27237.

I would try sending init a HUP, which should rescan /etc/ttys and not
really do anything.  But it will then call wait(2) again, and if there
was a glitch where init was already in wait and the offending process's
transition to zombie and ppid==1 didn't cause a wakeup, then it may

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