Sep 14, 2018

Zombie process on Linux

Zombie process on Linux

On Unix and Unix-like computer operating systems, a zombie process or defunct process is a process that has completed execution (via the exit system call) but still has an entry in the process table: it is a process in the "Terminated state". This occurs for child processes, where the entry is still needed to allow the parent process to read its child's exit status: once the exit status is read via the wait system call, the zombie's entry is removed from the process table and it is said to be "reaped". A child process always first becomes a zombie before being removed from the resource table. In most cases, under normal system operation zombies are immediately waited on by their parent and then reaped by the system – processes that stay zombies for a long time are generally an error and cause a resource leak.

How to find out zombie process on Linux

# Use top or ps command:
$ sudo top
#OR
$ sudo ps aux | awk '{ print $8 " " $2 }' | grep -w Z