init and shutdown script

Aurelien Foret aurelien.foret at
Wed Jan 4 04:48:14 PST 2006

Hi all,

I've added a shutdown script in my inittab, with the SHUTDOWN action 
type, in order to cleanly stop some processes upon shutdown.

 From init/init.c:
     /* run everything to be run at "shutdown".  This is done _prior_
      * to killing everything, in case people wish to use scripts to
      * shut things down gracefully... */

Unfortunately, these processes I'm trying to kill were previously 
started by "init" itself (they are configured in inittab).
As a consequence, they becomes zombies with no possibility to be fully 
reaped from my shutdown script.

Is there any way to get it working right?

Thanks in advance
Aurelien FORET
Informatique Technique & Industrielle
Capgemini France
Tel : +33 (0)4 76 52 67 10
Mel : aurelien.foret at

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