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Kill all Zombie processes if they accept it!

Terminal - Kill all Zombie processes if they accept it!
kill -9 `ps xawo state=,pid=|sed -n 's/Z //p'`
2010-10-27 07:38:07
User: AskApache
Functions: kill sed
Kill all Zombie processes if they accept it!

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


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

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

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 -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

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.

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

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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