Kill an stopped process

Corey Brune mcbrune at
Mon Jul 3 00:04:06 UTC 2006

On 7/2/06, O. Hartmann <ohartman at> wrote:
> Sometimes it happens on my FreeBSD 6.1-STABLE/AMD box, that a process,
> in most cases xine, firefox oder thunderbird, show status 'STOP' in top
> and are unkillable!
> Trying to kill them as root (sending signal 9 throught 'kill' or
> 'killall') doesn't have any effect.
> Can anyone help and tell how to kill such a job? The only way  getting
> rid of those processes is reboot the box and this can not be the right
> way.
> Thanks,
> oh
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A process cannot be killed in certain situations. For instance, if the
process is waiting on a IO request, it will block all signals until the
request is completed or fails. Could you mount /proc, and do a truss on the
process? Also, which version of FreeBSD are you running?


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