Zombies left when backgrounded jobs run for longer than until the main script execs away

Bug #1790571 reported by Thorsten Glaser on 2018-09-04
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Bug Description

The following construct causes a zombie to hang around:

cd /home/tglase/Misc/vpn.w
(sleep 20; sudo route -n add -host x.x.x.x gw &
exec sudo openvpn --config /home/tglase/Misc/vpn.w/vpn-bn-01.ovpn "$@"

Adding an “exec” before the sudo in the subshell fixes this, so perhaps the shell could clean this up itself? (Ideas and patches welcome…)

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