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    zombie program using huge resources

    I've been seeing a lot of resources being sucked up and continual net activity, but I can't figure out what is causing it.
    The system monitor show a process name "SH" status "zombie" %cpu "0" nice "0"
    ID "1926" memory "N/A do_exit"
    Everything else is listed as sleeping except the system monitor.
    But there is constant modem activity and it slows down my system.
    I've tried killing it, but it's still sucking resources.
    What is this problem and what can I do to fix it?
    Thanks

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    Re: zombie program using huge resources

    Code:
    lsof -p 1926
    will show you what files are open by that process.
    Code:
    sudo kill 1926
    will kill it.

    Post output of lsof command please.
    Don't forget code tags please.
    [code][/code] around output.

    Thank you.


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    Re: zombie program using huge resources

    Habitual

    Here is what comes up in terminal. I don't know how to interpret all this, so more help will be appreciated. Should I go ahead and kill it, or will you need this data?


    jess@jess-desktop:~$ lsof -p 1926
    COMMAND PID USER FD TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME
    gnome-scr 1926 jess cwd DIR 8,1 4096 2 /
    gnome-scr 1926 jess rtd DIR 8,1 4096 2 /
    gnome-scr 1926 jess txt REG 8,1 132096 10219 /usr/bin/gnome-screensaver
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 35528 2228593 /usr/lib/gio/modules/libdconfsettings.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 23088 1052142 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gdk-pixbuf-2.0/2.10.0/loaders/libpixbufloader-png.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 60112 1053577 /usr/lib/gtk-3.0/3.0.0/theming-engines/libunico.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 55176 2228277 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libudev.so.0.12.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 94552 3019225 /usr/lib/gvfs/libgvfscommon.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 177128 2233972 /usr/lib/gio/modules/libgvfsdbus.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 26776 393552 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libogg.so.0.7.1
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 178424 393555 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libvorbis.so.0.4.5
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 39184 16239 /usr/lib/libltdl.so.7.3.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 67984 393898 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtdb.so.1.2.9
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 31016 393468 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libvorbisfile.so.3.3.4
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 64288 12489 /usr/lib/libcanberra.so.0.2.5
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 18784 7025 /usr/lib/libcanberra-gtk3.so.0.1.8
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 23072 1054787 /usr/lib/gtk-3.0/modules/libcanberra-gtk3-module.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 51736 2229734 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnss_files-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 47696 2229740 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnss_nis-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 97256 2229481 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnsl-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 35712 2229495 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnss_compat-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 60720 10569 /usr/lib/liboverlay-scrollbar3-0.2.so.0.0.11
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 5780288 3145742 /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 22496 394360 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXdmcp.so.6.0.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 10328 394333 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXau.so.6.0.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 170024 2229158 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libexpat.so.1.5.2
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 14768 2229606 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdl-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 243800 2234241 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcre.so.3.12.1
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 30896 394158 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libffi.so.6.0.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 18824 397067 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgthread-2.0.so.0.3000.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 43432 393822 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXrender.so.1.3.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 112992 394463 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libxcb.so.1.1.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 34824 393810 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libxcb-render.so.0.0.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 10248 393816 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libxcb-shm.so.0.0.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 162776 2231870 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpng12.so.0.46.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 620776 393481 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libfreetype.so.6.6.2
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 473344 393803 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpixman-1.so.0.22.2
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 101192 2229484 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libresolv-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 117720 2233675 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libselinux.so.1
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 96816 2228656 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1.2.3.4
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 10208 393868 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXdamage.so.1.1.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 10192 393856 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXcomposite.so.1.0.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 39184 393864 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXcursor.so.1.0.2
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 63800 393877 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXi.so.6.1.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 10360 393876 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXinerama.so.1.0.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 14472 397068 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgmodule-2.0.so.0.3000.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 220896 393799 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libfontconfig.so.1.4.4
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 302456 394179 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpango-1.0.so.0.2903.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 176080 394180 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpangoft2-1.0.so.0.2903.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 34832 393920 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcairo-gobject.so.2.11000.2
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 137944 397072 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libatk-1.0.so.0.20209.1
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 22504 393860 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXfixes.so.3.1.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 52416 394182 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpangocairo-1.0.so.0.2903.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 34920 393880 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXrandr.so.2.2.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 125992 393491 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgdk_pixbuf-2.0.so.0.2400.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 538928 2229703 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libm-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 31752 2228994 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/librt-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 1694008 2229746 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 22672 393963 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXxf86vm.so.1.0.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 1277312 393443 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libX11.so.6.3.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 77696 394522 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libXext.so.6.4.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 1003848 2233677 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglib-2.0.so.0.3000.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 326984 397066 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgobject-2.0.so.0.3000.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 766024 393830 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcairo.so.2.11000.2
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 1311808 394810 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgio-2.0.so.0.3000.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 506536 10961 /usr/lib/libgdk-3.so.0.200.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 4506592 10962 /usr/lib/libgtk-3.so.0.200.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 164816 16136 /usr/lib/libgnome-desktop-3.so.2.0.2
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 135500 2229595 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 276392 2229156 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdbus-1.so.3.5.7
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 156272 393972 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdbus-glib-1.so.2.2.0
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 141088 2229735 /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ld-2.13.so
    gnome-scr 1926 jess DEL REG 8,1 527300 /home/jess/.config/dconf/user
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 160101 1707222 /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/gschemas.compiled
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 117272 1835759 /usr/share/mime/mime.cache
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 176 2504346 /home/jess/.local/share/mime/mime.cache
    gnome-scr 1926 jess DEL REG 8,1 525003 /home/jess/.cache/dconf/user
    gnome-scr 1926 jess mem REG 8,1 3443 2230929 /usr/share/locale-langpack/en/LC_MESSAGES/gtk30.mo
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 0u CHR 1,3 0t0 5176 /dev/null
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 1u CHR 1,3 0t0 5176 /dev/null
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 2u CHR 1,3 0t0 5176 /dev/null
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 3u unix 0x0000000000000000 0t0 31458 socket
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 4u CHR 1,3 0t0 5176 /dev/null
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 5u 0000 0,9 0 5167 anon_inode
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 6u unix 0x0000000000000000 0t0 31459 socket
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 7u 0000 0,9 0 5167 anon_inode
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 8u unix 0x0000000000000000 0t0 31863 socket
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 9u unix 0x0000000000000000 0t0 31864 socket
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 10u unix 0x0000000000000000 0t0 31867 socket
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 11u 0000 0,9 0 5167 anon_inode
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 12u 0000 0,9 0 5167 anon_inode
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 13r 0000 0,9 0 5167 anon_inode

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    Re: zombie program using huge resources

    Quote Originally Posted by Habitual View Post
    Code:
    lsof -p 1926
    will show you what files are open by that process.
    Code:
    sudo kill 1926
    will kill it.

    Post output of lsof command please.
    Don't forget code tags please.
    [code][/code] around output.

    Thank you.
    Also,
    why are there processes running when the system monitor shows 0 resources being used?
    This is what's showing in monitor.

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    Re: zombie program using huge resources

    gnome-scr would be the screen saver process so you could check your screen saver settings.

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    Re: zombie program using huge resources

    Jess:
    gnome-screensaver seems to be doing "something" with some Video function(s) ...(libogg).
    Code:
    gnome-scr 1926 jess  mem    REG                8,1    26776  393552 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libogg.so.0.7.1
    gnome-scr 1926 jess  mem    REG                8,1   178424  393555 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libvorbis.so.0.4.5
    Custom slideshow is the only thing that comes to mind. Maybe it's scanning your ~/Pictures directory?
    I don't use gnome, and when I did, I never used gnome-screensaver or custom screensaver 'material', so it is an uneducated guess.

    JJ

    Please let us know...

    P.S. You forgot the code tags, you can always edit that one post and add them.
    [code][/code] around output.
    Last edited by Habitual; October 6th, 2012 at 10:47 PM.


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    Re: zombie program using huge resources

    P.S. You forgot the code tags, you can always edit that one post and add them.
    around output.


    Sorry, I don't know what you mean by code tags.

    The screen saver thing might have been from me staying in Firefox with pages displayed while copying the log file you wanted. I'm out of all of it now.

    When I used the command "lsof -p 1926" in the terminal, it worked the first time it Now doesn't work now.
    And the command "sudo kill 1926" shows command not found.

    I know this should be easy, but I'm still seeing continuous high traffic through my DSL connection. This is what I want to fix.

    One final thing: I wanted to copy the info shown in my system monitor to send, but all I get is the top part of what is shown.
    How do I copy the entire output to send to you?

    As always when I try to do a task in Ubuntu I get lost in the weeds, eat up hours and hours and still don't get what I need to fix. Can someone find me a solution to that?

    Thanks

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    Re: zombie program using huge resources

    Quote Originally Posted by Ol'manScratch View Post
    P.S. You forgot the code tags, you can always edit that one post and add them.
    around output.


    Sorry, I don't know what you mean by code tags....
    No code tags ...
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 10u unix 0x0000000000000000 0t0 31867 socket
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 11u 0000 0,9 0 5167 anon_inode
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 12u 0000 0,9 0 5167 anon_inode
    gnome-scr 1926 jess 13r 0000 0,9 0 5167 anon_inode

    with code tags:...
    Code:
    gnome-scr 1926 jess   10u  unix 0x0000000000000000      0t0   31867 socket
    gnome-scr 1926 jess   11u  0000                0,9        0    5167 anon_inode
    gnome-scr 1926 jess   12u  0000                0,9        0    5167 anon_inode
    gnome-scr 1926 jess   13r  0000                0,9        0    5167 anon_inode
    You can either add the [code][/code] yourself, or highlight the entire text that IS code and use the "#" button in the editor. If you go back to edit a previous post, you may have to select "Go Advanced" to "see" the "#" button in the editor.

    It's not firefox. Try to stay with me, It's your gnome-screensaver
    "lsof -p 1926" will come up blank if you killed it.
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    Last edited by Habitual; October 6th, 2012 at 11:46 PM.


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    Re: zombie program using huge resources

    Sorry if this is a dumb idea, but can you just log out of your session and log back in again?

    It could be something that just got hung up and logging out/in might just stop it and restore normalcy.

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    Re: zombie program using huge resources

    Well, what's interesting is that when I shut down FIREFOX and went to Chrome the high traffic pretty much stopped.
    I guess the problem is temporarily fixed - Of course I still don't know how or why.
    I really want to learn Ubuntu better, but the time factor kills me. So it goes.

    Thank you all for your help on this. Sometimes stuff just makes me crazy. Doh!

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