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How to kill a Zombie?
Authored by: sjmadsen on Dec 07, '02 02:11:27PM
This page gives an explanation of a zombie process. In a nutshell, a zombie is a child process whose parent hasn't come along to pick up its exit code. The zombie only consumes an entry in the process table; it doesn't use up any memory or other system resources and does not use any CPU. When the parent exits, the zombies should go away as well, but if not, a reboot is the only way to clean them up. The previous posters are correct that zombies are caused by poor programming, but to say the processes are waiting on an event is not quite right.

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