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Bug 3373 - 'exec' feature creates zombie processes
'exec' feature creates zombie processes
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: swatch (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
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Reported: 1999-06-09 16:51 EDT by rotten
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-08-31 13:22:21 EDT
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Description rotten 1999-06-09 16:51:04 EDT
When using the 'exec=command' feature in the 2nd
tab-deliminated field of the ~/.swatchrc, the command
executed does not terminate properly when it is finished--
it becomes a zombie process, every time (this has been
tested using such innocuous commands as 'exec=echo').

When swatch is triggered enough times, the zombie processes
build up, eventually filling the process table and thus
requiring a reboot.
Comment 1 Alan Cox 1999-06-12 11:19:59 EDT
You can clear the zombies by killing their parent. So killing swatch
will clean up the stuff it fails to wait for.
(Not a fix but avoids reboots)

------- Additional Comments From   06/12/99 12:44 -------
Not to split hairs, but I think it is worth noting that killing swatch
will not successfully clean up the zombie processes, nor prevent more
from being spawned... it is necessary to kill perl itself.
And a side note-- this bug is particularly detrimental on unattended
machines, since killing perl isn't an option in that situation.
Comment 2 Jay Turner 1999-06-29 11:10:59 EDT
This issue has been forwarded to a developer for further action.
Comment 3 Preston Brown 1999-08-31 13:22:59 EDT
fixed in swatch-2.2-8 and later, available soon in RawHide and
eventually our next release.

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