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    What are defunct HTML processes?

    Today when I run Top, I started noticing a lot of <defunct> httpd processes. Is this something I should be worried about?

    Last edited by GeorgeC; 10-08-2002 at 06:04 PM.

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    Ann Arbor, MI
    It usually means that the process has finished (exited), but it's parent was no longer waiting on it. So the kernel will keep it around until the parent comes back (accepts the exit status, and deletes the process).

    It is usually a symptom of a problem. Because parents shouldn't die before their children, or have to wait long after their child dies to bury it.
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