Status: Zombie

in macOS edited January 2014
I was considering adding more memory to the stock 867 TiBook I received earlier this week. So just out of curiosity I wanted to check out the process viewer to see just how much memory applications were using. I see "Status: Running" for all of them except iTunes. It says, "Status: Zombie." What the hell does that mean?


  • Reply 1 of 6
    A zombie process is one that appears to have completed but has not been released by the kernel for some reason. It should be only under rare and extremely odd circumstances that an app like iTunes would become a zombie process. A simple logout or restart will safely dump any zombie processes.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    thegeldingthegelding Posts: 3,230member
    we call this the "George Romero" effect in os X

    sort of like the Ken Burns effect in iMovies...but not nearly as annoying...

  • Reply 3 of 6
    Dawn of the Thread.....Night of the Living Thread...all great Zombie flicks.

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    ti fighterti fighter Posts: 863member
    What about Day of the Thread

    George Romero is my hero
  • Reply 5 of 6
    overhopeoverhope Posts: 1,123member
    It's those Flesh-Eating Zombie Threads you have to watch out for.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    dobbydobby Posts: 797member

    Originally posted by DHagan4755

    It says, "Status: Zombie." What the hell does that mean?

    If a process spawns a child process and the child process no longer knows its parent then you have a zombie.

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