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AIX 5.1 - How to kill process that is stuck <exiting>?

Posted on 2010-11-30
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ibm1:/ # ps -ef | grep 5423240
       -  5423240        -   -                     - <exiting>

I tried killing a process.  Instead of being killed the process is now stuck exiting.  How can I get rid of this process?
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by:raajuece
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Hi,

Have you tried only Kill or with -9?

Try this following command,

#kill -9 5423240

Cheers-
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by:Xetroximyn
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I tried with 9 first.   That's how I normally kill.   Not sure why that's just how I was taught.  Anyway after that did not work I tried without the 9.  Still did not work. Any other suggestions?
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woolmilkporc earned 2000 total points
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Hi,

afaik, the only way to get rid of those (essentially harmless) beasts is rebooting, unfortunately.

The problem is that when a process exits, it tries to release all of its resources.
If one of those resources is locked up the above phenomenon will show up.

Freeing of resources occurs in kernel mode, and is not interruptable - thus "kill" will not work - moreover, it's redundant because an exiting procees is already terminated ("killed") some way.

So despite it's AIX - reboot, if you must get rid of <exiting> processes!

wmp
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by:Xetroximyn
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Thx
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