Re: kill a dead process

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On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM, Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:06:39 -0430
"Patrick O'Callaghan" <pocallaghan@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Mon, 2012-06-11 at 19:02 +0100, John Maclean wrote:
> > pkill -f name-of-process
> >
> > That normally works if you know the name of the thing in the first
> > place
> >
> [Please don't top-post; read the list Guidelines]
> A process in 'D' state *cannot* be killed. There was a recent discussion
> of this on the list. You have to reboot.

Or fix whatever is causing the problem

(as also discussed in the same thread). So for things like NFS mounts a
mix of kill and umount -f

Of course, but the OP's problem is with an optical drive, so the NFS solutions don't apply. Fixing it may involve fixing a driver, which is beyond most people's capabilities. 

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