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Old 03-24-2005, 07:05 AM   #1
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zombie process


What is a zombie process?
 
Old 03-24-2005, 07:09 AM   #2
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Here's a good definition -
zombie: n. [Unix] A process that has died but has not yet relinquished its process table slot (because the parent process hasn't executed a wait(2) for it yet). These can be seen in ps(1) listings occasionally. Compare orphan. From Jargon Dictionary

http://linux.about.com/cs/linux101/a/zombie.htm
 
Old 03-24-2005, 07:09 AM   #3
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Usually a defunct process that was a child of a parent process no longer running.
 
  


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