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Why can't I kill a defunct, or zombie, process (Doc ID 1007095.1)

Last updated on JUNE 13, 2023

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 8 and later
All Platforms


A process showing up in ps output ad "defunct" or "zombie" cannot be terminated via the kill -9 command.


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