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comp.unix.aix Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1 of 5)
Section - 1.153 Why does init not reap its zombie child processes?

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If you have lots of zombie (defunct) processes with parent process id 1,
the init process is probably waiting for some bad /etc/inittab
configuration line to finish. Check the inittab file for entries that
specify the wait keyword for processes that do not terminate. These
lines should probably specify "once" or "respawn" instead.

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