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    Opera browser at 90%+ Useage / Won't "Die"


    This has been happening a lot lately. While online checking some websites Opera will sometimes become unresponsive. When this happens, CPU usage goes though he roof. Well, there is an easy way to stop a runaway process.

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    kill (offending pid)
    But there seems to be a problem with that. When I use that command it accepts it with no output like you would expect. But when I run top opera is still at 90%+ usage and still very much 'alive'.

    so I got a zombie process (for lack of better terms) and not a shotgun in sight. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlmightyOS View Post
    This has been happening a lot lately. While online checking some websites Opera will sometimes become unresponsive. When this happens, CPU usage goes though he roof. Well, there is an easy way to stop a runaway process.

    HTML Code:
    kill (offending pid)
    But there seems to be a problem with that. When I use that command it accepts it with no output like you would expect. But when I run top opera is still at 90%+ usage and still very much 'alive'.

    so I got a zombie process (for lack of better terms) and not a shotgun in sight. Any ideas?
    Are you getting a single instance of opera or is it spawning "child processes" of itself?

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    Well the kill command asks a program to end. If that hasn't worked, use the 9 switch. Also you can use killall if you know the processname rather than searching for the PID first
    Code:
    kill -9 12345
    killall -9 opera

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    Code:
    killall -9 opera
    that worked like a charm.
    Now that I got rid of the zombie process, any ideas why it does this in the first place?

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