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Re: killing a stuck "D" process

On Thu, 28 Jul 2005, Gaspar Bakos wrote:

We are trying to kill a process that is "stuck", and we have found no
way to kill it yet.
We tried kill with many signals, including 'kill -9', and also removing
forcedly the 'st' module on which this nasty tar is running.

Any ideas?
21586 ?        D      0:14 tar tvf /dev/nst0
PPid:   1

You have three options:

o Wait for it to finish on its own (may never happen if it's trying to
  access a hardware device that no longer exists).

o Ignore it -- it's not using resources anyway.

o Kill its parent.  In your case, the parent is init, so this is
  equivalent to rebooting.

Damian Menscher
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