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Old 04-26-2002
Actually "kill -9 zombie" or "kill -15 zombie" will never, ever get rid of a zombie.

A zombie is a process that has sucessfully exited. The process table entry must be maintained until its parent issues a wait() system call and retrieves the exit status. Killing the parent will make init become the zombies new parent. And init will issue the wait and the zombie will disappear.
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Old 04-26-2002
I stand corrected. I guess my terms were wrong. I should have been talking about parentless processes.

Not necessarily zombies.

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