zypper won't die

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http://forums.opensuse.org – This is opensuse 11.2. Somehow zypper is running at 100% cpu and won't die with command line kill, the system monitor kill, terminate or anything. I set it's priority to the lowest it will go, tried to stop it then kill it, nothing works as it simply is not responding to anything and it has been running now for 47 hours. Is there a way to simply dump a process out of memory without requiring it to respond to a signal? because signals are doing nothing. (Distributions)