Re: unkillable process in R state?

From: James Sutherland (
Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 13:19:51 EST

On Thu, 11 Oct 2001, Ralf Baechle wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 11, 2001 at 12:48:22PM -0400, Christopher Friesen wrote:
> > I have a process (an instance of a find command) that seems to be
> > unkillable (ie kill -9 <pid> as root doesn't work).
> >
> > Top shows it's status as R.
> >
> > Is there anything I can do to kill the thing? It's taking up all unused cpu
> > cycles (currently at 97.4%).
> I assume that's kapm-idled. That's normal, it's job is exactly burning
> unused cycles.

No. He said it's an instance of find.

Stuck in R, though - some sort of loop? Christopher, can you attach gdb to
it and see what's happening?


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