Re: unkillable processes

D is a "deadlocked" state that may or may not be permanent.  It means
that the process has entered an uninterruptible sleep.  If it is waiting
on a kernel resource that it will never get access to, then the process
is forever hung and any resources it holds are ne'er to return to the
system.  Usually, when you get processes in this state and they stay
there, you have a reboot in your near future to recover.  :-)

Happy New Year!


On Thu, 2004-01-01 at 07:08, Telsa Gwynne wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 31, 2003 at 05:26:07PM -0500 or thereabouts, Stuart D. Gathman wrote:
> > I often end up with unkillable processes from gnome, where kill -9 won't
> > get rid of them.  This seems to only happen on remote X terminals (e.g.
> > LTSP), and only when I logout with a gnome application still running
> > that I have forgotten about.
> "State: D (disk sleep)" is the reason they are unkillable. I managed
> to get one of the kernel daemons into this state some time ago, and
> things went very messy indeed :) Disk sleep means they are waiting
> for a response from the kernel, as far as I recall.
> > BTW, free RedHat 7.3 support ends tonight.  What are other people
> > doing for free or low cost source of support (as in updates) for home use of
> > Gnome 2?  I like RPM - and building source RPMS that support my distro
> > is no problem.  I have been handling security updates (for sendmail, openssh,
> > openssl, etc) to RedHat 6.2 myself with no problem at work (and will probably
> > continue that way for RH72 and RH73).  However, I tend to get confused
> > trying to get these GUI systems compiled and integrated.  The company
> > offering $5/mo security updates doesn't cover upgrading/fixing Gnome.
> I am using Fedora, but I don't know how easy the 7.3->Fedora upgrade
> is. There is a Fedora Legacy project out there, I believe, although
> the mail archives go very quiet as of recently. Perhaps they all 
> decamped to another list. I dunno.
> Telsa
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