which is the proces sh?

Asked by dorcap on 2008-05-08

In a moment I have found in my computer a great activity of the CPU. Executing the system monitor it says me there has been a great activity of the CPU devoted to a process of name sh, in a state Zombi. What is this process? an wich is the state zombi? All this is enterely new for me. Please. I have forgotten to say you thast I haven't any other activity in that moment and I have disconnected the web as well. Thank you very much.

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sh is a shell http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Shell process
in a zombie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie_process state

Usually we can kill http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_(Unix) a process...

Hope this helps

dorcap (dorcap) said : #2

Thank you for your valuable information but this doesn't explain me because this process was in my computer. I haven't launched any process. And I don't know because it used a great % of de CPU ??????????????????????? How can a finished process use a great percentage of the CPU? How started this process in the background?

Best Jonathan Thomas (echidnaman) said : #3

This is a system process that in started every time you turn on your computer and boot into Ubuntu.
A zombie process could possibly use lots of CPU because a different process could be trying to do things with it, but fail. (reap it perhaps)

dorcap (dorcap) said : #4

Thanks Jonathan Thomas, that solved my question.