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Old 11-30-2010, 07:17 AM   #1
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[SOLVED] I want to KILL them all...

Hi all,

I need to kill a few 'vol_id' processes.

Here is the story. After a few unlucky usb drive disconnection, I have a few vol_id processes hanging aroud in my run queue (and they mess-up my server monitoring).

'ps aux' use to show them as :
#> ps aux
nobody   12583  0.0  0.0  14420   736 ?        D<   Nov18   0:00 /lib/udev/vol_id --export /dev/.tmp-8-0
as root I tried :
kill 12583


kill -kill 12583
-- or --
kill -9 12583

that didn't exactly killed the process, instead, now
'ps aux' shows this :

#>ps aux
nobody   12583  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        D<   Nov18   0:00 [vol_id]
?!? !!! WTH ???
if kill -kill won't get rid of it what will ??? (I would rather like not to reboot - this is a 24 hour buisness server...)

Last edited by rbeserie; 11-30-2010 at 07:54 AM.
Old 11-30-2010, 07:28 AM   #2
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They're zombie processes now (owned by process 1, or init). You can't kill them, but they're not doing any harm. The only way to get rid of them now is to reboot. See for a brief summary.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:49 AM   #3
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Zombies are already dead,they don't consume any resource. You can clean them by killing the parent init.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:53 AM   #4
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Grrr... that's what I was afraid of.

Thanks for your reply. I guess I'll just have to live with it.

Damned Zombies...


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