SUMMARY: process runs but does not die

From: Brooke King (
Date: Tue Nov 14 2000 - 20:48:54 CST

Thanks to:

Jonathan Loh,
Annette Lee,
Ed Crotty,
Kent Perrier,
Eric S. Bryant,

There was a lot of good humor.

The common suggestion was to kill the parent process.
Unfortunately, that was init, you know, PID 1.

Ms. Lee made an intriguing addition to the discussion: "I read
some obscure document once about locating the PID down in
/proc and doing an rm -f on the PID, but SUN Support
practically had a stroke when I asked 'em about it."

Sadly for knowledge's sake and happily for the server's sake,
the process seems to have terminated itself or somehow paid
attention to my signals on a delayed basis. A core file was
created so my belief is that the process was already dumping
core when I tried to signal it. The process was so huge (the
core file is more than 1.5GB) that it took substantial time
and some noticeable CPU to write the core file. That's my
guess, anyway.

Original question:

>X-Unix-From: Wed Nov 15 01:23:08 2000
>Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 17:23:06 -0800 (PST)
>From: Brooke King <>
>Subject: process runs but does not die
>MIME-Version: 1.0
>Content-MD5: c3E5HhK8Gu52R6w4kaiY8g==
>One of my users has started a memory hungry process that still
>accumulates CPU time but does not die, even when signaled with
>kill -9.
>Any idea how to kill it without rebooting the box?
>Brooke King direct: +1.415.901.2207 fax: +1.501.423.9037
>Yipes Communications
>114 Sansome Street, Ninth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 USA


Brooke King direct: +1.415.901.2207 fax: +1.501.423.9037 Yipes Communications 114 Sansome Street, Ninth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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