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zombie

adjective; analogy
Noun/adj.: A process/task that has stopped executing but has not been reaped by the operating system. The term is generally used to refer to such a situation on a Unix-based operating system. Even though the process has ended (is dead), it still has a The original adjective form was always used to modify the nouns, process or program, so the noun was dropped in to shortening, leaving the adjective to become a noun representing the original adjective plus noun phrase. It is a well-known computer jargon term used primarily when referring to Unix-based operating systems. The usage of terminology like “reaped” and other related-terms brings to mind an entire extended metaphor relating these situations to life and death, which serves to compare a program’s execution to it living in memory and the termination of its execution to death of a sort.
 
What exactly does zombie mean? It’s a process that’s been executed but not reaped.
Etymology : Metaphorical derivation was used to give new meaning to the word zombie, and it was zero-derived into an adjective.
Source : Conversation with roommate
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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