A python process is always zombie

Category:bug report

Every time I use my machine there's always a zombie python process. I'm on 32-bit. Please let me know what information I can provide to fix this problem.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 20:29
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Could you please include some more information? Such as:

* Python Version

* Steps to reproduce issue (is this on a clean install?)

* How are you detecting this process (e.g. top)

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 08:26

Python 2.7.2+

Not sure how it happens in all honesty. I just start my machine. I didn't upgrade through the web, I installed my system from a flash drive.

I am detecting it via Gnome System Monitor.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 22:00

I figured out that the process which caused the zombie was Guake. I had noticed upon examining the command line factor that Guake and GUFW were the only two things that used Python on startup. I disabled Guake in the Startup Applications menu and rebooted the machine. As soon as I was able, I opened up Gnome System Monitor and there was no zombie Python process.

When I started Guake manually, it still made a zombie with Python.

Here's some comparisons and examinations with Guake I made with Ubuntu 11.04 and Trisquel 5.5 (Both x86 versions). I logged the versions of GSM, Guake, and Python from both machines and versions of their dependencies from both machines:

Ubuntu 11.04:
Under Ubuntu 11.04, Guake does not create a zombie process.

Gnome System Monitor: 2.28.2
Guake: 0.4.2
Python: 2.7.1+

Guake's dependencies in 11.04:
Bash: 4.2.8(1)
gnome-pty-helper (There's no memory maps or files that opened this according to Gnome System Monitor. I couldn't find a version number either. Strange.)


Trisquel 5.5:
Under Trisquel 5.5, Guake does create a zombie process.

Gnome System Monitor: 3.2.1
Guake: 0.4.2 (Same as in 11.04)
Python: 2.7.2+

Guake's dependencies in 5.5:
Bash: 4.2.10(1)
"Python" (Name of zombie process. Under "Command Line", it just says "python" in Gnome System Monitor).

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 00:04
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