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Kill all Zombie processes if they accept it!

Terminal - Kill all Zombie processes if they accept it!
kill -9 `ps -xaw -o state -o pid | grep Z | grep -v PID | awk '{print $2}'`
2010-10-27 07:19:52
User: khashmeshab
Functions: awk grep kill
1
Kill all Zombie processes if they accept it!

Tested on FreeBSD 8.1 and CSH. The scripts works correctly but the Zombies do not die! I hope it will run and function as expected in Linux and others.

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Terminal - Alternatives
kill -9 `ps -xaw -o state -o ppid | grep Z | grep -v PID | awk '{print $2}'`
2010-10-27 07:29:14
User: khashmeshab
Functions: awk grep kill
9

It identifies the parents of the Zombie processes and kill them. So the new parent of orphan Zombies will be the Init process and he is already waiting for reaping them. Be careful! It may also kill your useful processes just because they are not taking care and waiting for their children (bad parents!).

kill -9 `ps xawo state=,pid=|sed -n 's/Z //p'`
2010-10-27 07:38:07
User: AskApache
Functions: kill sed
0

just a leaner, smaller version. Love the original idea!

ps -xaw -o state,ppid | grep Z | grep -v PID | awk '{ print $2 }' | xargs kill -9
2013-01-09 04:21:54
User: terrywang
Functions: awk grep kill ps xargs
-4

Did some research and found the previous command wrong, we don't kill a zombie but its parent. Just made some modifcation to khashmeshab's command.

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