If I understand it correctly, having one zombie process running is not much to worry about. It does not consume memory anymore. It only uses one entry in the process table. So if you have 1 zombie, you only have one process ID less available to start new processes. Unless you're running thousands of processes and can't start new ones because no PID is left, having one zombie is no problem at all. Of course these things should be fixed, because if all programs leave zombies behind this might become a problem.
Have a heart for that poor zombie process and just wait for oneiric to hunt it to death ;-) (Please correct me if I am wrong.) -- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Zeitgeist Framework Team, which is subscribed to Zeitgeist Framework. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/739780 Title: Session starting with a zeitgeist-datahub zombie process Status in Zeitgeist Framework: Fix Released Status in Zeitgeist Datahub: Invalid Status in “zeitgeist” package in Ubuntu: Fix Released Bug description: Binary package hint: zeitgeist To reproduce, either a.) Just start a desktop session b.) Kill the zeitgeist-daemon and manually run zeitgeist-datahub In both cases 'ps' reveals a zombie process: http://paste.ubuntu.com/583545/ ProblemType: Bug DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04 Package: zeitgeist-core 0.7-1 ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-7.36-generic 2.6.38 Uname: Linux 2.6.38-7-generic i686 NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia Architecture: i386 Date: Mon Mar 21 23:07:05 2011 ProcEnviron: LANGUAGE=en_US:en LANG=en_US.utf8 SHELL=/bin/bash SourcePackage: zeitgeist UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to natty on 2010-12-08 (103 days ago) To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/zeitgeist/+bug/739780/+subscriptions _______________________________________________ Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~zeitgeist Post to : firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~zeitgeist More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp