I had issued the
ps -ef|grep java command and this is one of the entries that I got :
subhrcho 875 803 0 Jan23 pts/5 00:02:27 [java] <defunct>
<defunct> implying here ? What state is that process is that process with PID=875 in ?
From the ps manpage:
<defunct>are dead processes (so-called "zombies") that remain because their parent has not destroyed them properly. These processes will be destroyed by init(8) if the parent process exits.