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Re: [linux-lvm] umount returns device is busy



On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 04:10:27PM -0600, P. Larry Nelson wrote:
> I've been using LVM now since sometime this past summer and
> everything has worked great and as advertised, until I tried
> to unmount a logical volume.  And this happens on both RedHat
> 9 and ES_3.
> 
> I had occasion the other day to unmount one of the mounted raid 
> arrays in order to upgrade some firmware.  When I tried to do an
> unmount command, I got "device is busy".  Ok, I'm cd'd there
> from one of my windows or something, so I make sure all open
> terminal windows are *not* cd'd there.  Redo the umount command
> with same result.  Weird, something's got a file open. So, I did
> an lsof command and grep for the device (/dev/VG1/LV1).  Nothing.
> I try greping for the mount name (/scratch/cdf).  Nothing.
> It will not let me unmount the logical volume.
> 
> The system in question is running RedHat 9 w/kernel 2.4.20-24.9smp
> with RedHat's lvm-1.0.3-12.  I just so happened to have built 
> another system using RedHat's ES_3 w/kernel 2.4.21-4.0.1.ELsmp and
> their lvm-1.0.3-15, so I thought I'd try it there.  Built an identical
> logical volume, mounted it, tested it (works fine), tried to umount
> the filesystem with identical results: device is busy.  Checked
> again using lsof.  Nothing open on the mounted filesystem.
> 
> I went checking back thru about 4 months of this list and saw
> (apparently) that no one else has this problem.  At this point
> I'm a bit baffled why the umount command isn't working.  I've
> also seen nothing that might address this in the LVM-HOWTO.
> Then again, I could have missed it.
> 
> Ideas?

maybe some kernel service is holding a reference
to that device, nfs or samba server comes to mind, 
just try to disable them one after the other and
see if umount will work ...

HTH,
Herbert

> 
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