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Old 11-14-2002
FWIW: On many UNIX and Linux systems zombies will not go away with a kill signal (or even kill -9) and the only way to clear them off the process table is to reboot.
I've seen them clear themselves, that is they disappear from "top". Does that mean that the parent has started up again and started the zombie child up?
I've seen this on our works FreeBSD webserver.

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Old 11-14-2002
When you say they disappear from top that doesn't necessarily mean they have died. That only means that they are not using up enough resources to be in the top list.

On my version there is a "j" option that allows you to page down, but I don't know if it would let you page to the bottom, since it refreshes at some interval and returns to the top of top.

If you know the PID or process name. I would grep it out of the proc list.

ps -aef |grep proc

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