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Zombie process associate with "Opera autoupdate"

  • I've noticed that a zombie process associated with Opera autoupdate occurs frequently on several Linux boxes in my home. It shows up as a Z+ process when I run "ps -aux" [see a section output below] .

    I have seen as many as 22 of these on a machine at a time - - eleven popped up over-night on one machine. Like most zombie processes, they do have a negative effect on performance - - rebooting has been by temporary fix for now.

    The machines I've found this on are Dell and Gateway laptops running Ubuntu 18.04

    root 5912 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? I Dec25 0:23 [kworker/0:1-eve]
    juren 7597 0.0 0.0 0 0 tty1 Z+ Dec25 0:00 [opera_autoupdat] <defunct>
    juren 10383 0.0 0.0 0 0 tty1 Z+ Dec25 0:00 [opera_autoupdat] <defunct>
    juren 11189 0.0 0.0 0 0 tty1 Z+ Dec25 0:00 [opera_autoupdat] <defunct>
    root 14105 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? I 04:25 0:00 [kworker/0:0-eve]

  • @juren
    I should add I'm using Version:65.0.3467.69
    on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (x86_64; XFCE)

  • Updated to Ver. 66.0.3515.27

    Opera is still generating Zombie processes.

    [user] 8189 0.0 0.0 0 0 tty1 Z+ 10:57 0:00 [opera_autoupdat] <defunct>

  • Not certain why there should be an opera_autoupdate process in Linux in the first place, since your system package manager actually handles the updates.

  • There seems to be an executable that is actually named opera_autoupdate...

    $ file /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/opera_autoupdate
    /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/opera_autoupdate: ELF 64-bit LSB shared object, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked, interpreter /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2, for GNU/Linux 3.2.0, BuildID[sha1]=100d278871989d816fad6610f417c0921a7376de, stripped
    

    What procedure shall I follow in order to check my ps -aux output for it? I use the deb version of opera.

  • @jimunderscorep said in Zombie process associate with "Opera autoupdate":

    There seems to be an executable binary file that is actually named opera_autoupdate...

    Small correction here.

  • I am encountering the same problem on Arch Linux. The parent Opera process is spawning zombies with the process name "opera_autoupdate"; 41 zombies before system halt. Is there a configuration flag that can be set to turn off the autoupdater?

  • @inuxl said in Zombie process associate with "Opera autoupdate":

    I am encountering the same problem on Arch Linux. The parent Opera process is spawning zombies with the process name "opera_autoupdate"; 41 zombies before system halt. Is there a configuration flag that can be set to turn off the autoupdater?

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