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On Mon, 3 Apr 2006 11:30:01 -0700, you wrote:

>  Is it possible that ^Z (placing multimail in background) could
>  cause problems?

doesn't unexpected termination (ie. not waiting for the child process)
of a parent process cause zombies?

out of curiosity is this a redhat machine? i know there was  a problem
with some verisons of redhat ignoring the SIGCHLD signal... and
multitail uses that in it's ui.c code. if you send it to the
background that COULD be the problem.

i always use 'screen' myself. i use "screen -S mt" and then run

when i connect via ssh on another machine i can do:
screen -D -R mt

and i get my multitail session back. 

the screen/ssh combination is very nice if you're never around a
server machine :)

there are ways to avoid zombie processes