On Sep 19, 2008, at 10:41 AM, Steve Franks wrote:
The only way to get rid of it is to
reboot.  Now, given the behavior, I'd have to suspect something
underlying as the true source of the problem, but shouldn't kill kill
it anyway - I mean, isn't there some way to kill a process that's
stuck waiting on a child process?

Delivery of signals can be delayed if the process is blocked in a system call, until that call completes and returns control to the process in userland. That includes kill -9, unfortunately...


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