Dennis Nichols writes:
> ... Zombies ...
> I *think* the really bad thing about these processes (called zombies?) is
> that they may have certain resources, such as files, held open.
They are not *THAT* bad. All file descriptors are already closed,
when the process enters the Zombie state.
The only resource, it still helds, is the process resource.
There is a per user limit and a system wide limit on process
resources. Thus, if there are too many Zombies, you will
no longer be able to create new processes.
> And they
> are said to stay around until the process that created them dies itself.
Unix is a social operating system: parents have responsibilities
towards their offspring.
Zombies are the children of bad, unsocial parents.
They disappear, when either the parent dies itself
(they are then reparented to a social parent) or
the parent finally fulfills its obligations.
What Unix requires from a parent is, that it is interested
at least in the childs death.
The parent shows this interest by calling the wait
system call ("os.wait").
Usually, the parent blocks until a child dies.
But "wait" can be called with a non-blocking parameter.
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