Re: killall -9 does not work !?

From: Tapio Peltonen (
Date: Wed May 24 2000 - 10:16:49 EST

On Wed, 24 May 2000, Alan Cox wrote:

> > to reboot a UNIX box because a ufsdump or an mt or something got a lock
> > on a tape device and hung. There should probably be a way to kick a
> > process out of uninturruptable sleep, shouldn't there?
> Not neccessarily. A lot of uninterruptible sleeps are 'if this fails its
> reboot time' type of events. Also they should never get stuck in state 'D'.

Well, I had to boot this machine today after experimenting with vmware: I
couldn't remove the vmnet module because it was busy (for whatever
reason), I couldn't ifconfig the virtual network down and all ifconfigs
went into 'D' state (forever), similarly to few other processes (namely
sendmail, if it had worked I wouldn't have had to boot). Kernel 2.2.14.

If there had been any way to forcibly remove a module or forcibly kill a
'D' process, I'd have had much less trouble.

            Tapio Peltonen <>
      This novel is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with
   great force.            -- Dorothy Parker

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