Too many defunct processes; kill -9 not working
lists at eitanadler.com
Wed Jun 9 11:09:19 UTC 2010
Lately I've been getting a considerable number of defunct processes. I
do not know of any major event that changed my computer (ie it is not
related to an ports update or a freeBSD upgrade).
This is often caused by me killing the process using kill -15 or kill
-3 or kill -9.
What can I do to determine why processes are not getting killed by kill -9?
% ps -o ppid -o comm|grep defunct|cut -d ' ' -f 1 |xargs kill -9
typically gets rid of them (by killing their parent)
More information about the freebsd-questions