I sometimes try to
Finder.app when it's misbehaving and I'm in a Terminal. This normally works but every once in awhile it leaves behind the pid, even when run with
sudo, and the
COMMAND portion of the output changes to
Interestingly enough, this process only appears in the output of
ps, not in
Activity Monitor.app. No idea how to explain that.
At that point, I'm in for a reboot given my current knowledge, but I don't understand why. Can anyone explain what's happening and maybe how I can restart Finder without rebooting?
Thanks in advance!
EDIT: I will note that once I'm in this state, I can usually attempt to go through the regular ⌘⌥⎋ method and
Finder.app will be there. Once I've force quit it though, the name disappears forever from the
Force Quit dialog and the zombie pid sticks around anyway.
I'll also note that
Finder.app is treated specially in that dialog, where the button text turns from
Force Quit to
Relaunch, so perhaps that shows that OS X treats killing the Finder as special?