In article <46A7D39F.4090106 / nc.rr.com>,
  Tim Hunter <TimHunter / nc.rr.com> writes:

> Since I've been using Ruby I've noticed that a running Ruby script is 
> hard to kill. Control-C won't do it. I have to use kill -9. Today I 
> notice it with Ruby 1.8.6 on OS X 10.4.9, but it's been this way since I 
> started using Ruby 6 or so years ago on Mandrake Linux. Do I have the 
> wrong expectations?

I know a script that is hard to kill.

% ruby-1.8.6 -e 'loop { p system("sleep 1") }'

Your problem may be different.
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Tanaka Akira