Zombie process

Also known as defunct process. It’s what you call a process in its terminated state.

In programs with parent-child functions, a child usually sends an exit status message to its parent after executing. Unless the parent receives and acknowledges this message, the child is in a ‘zombie’ state. This means that it has executed but hasn’t exited.

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