Roger Pack wrote:
> [25:1558][rdp@ilab1:~]$ irb
> irb(main):001:0> $?
> => #<Process::Status: pid 21719 exit 0>
> irb(main):002:0> $?
> => #<Process::Status: pid 21731 exit 0>

Is there something in your .irbrc that is firing off processes?