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Postby AJB2K3 » Wed Jul 13, 2005 5:48 am

I have managed to mount my usb camera in mass storage mode copy files from it (using a terminal) but i just cant umount the device. All i get is the messg
Device busy how do i sort this?

I have come to the conclusion that as a noob i need a utility to mount/copy/umount usb drives.
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RE: umount drives fail.

Postby tuan168 » Wed Jul 13, 2005 8:18 am

sometime all you need is to close apps which refer to usb drives, change to /home then umount /dev...../usb drive
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RE: umount drives fail.

Postby Nigel » Wed Jul 13, 2005 8:47 am

What distro are you running ? I sometimes get this when I browse the LXF DVDs under SuSE 9.2. It seems like there's a KDE process that's indexing the disk (can't remember the process name, but killing it frees the dvd & lets me umount/eject it).
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Postby sjl » Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:45 pm

If you right-click on the device icons in KDE, you can unmount them there.
If you can't see your device, then go into the Control Centre (From 'K' menu) and search for 'devices'. There, there will be a long list of check boxes which you can tick in order to get KDE to display the device on your desktop. Check your device, click OK, and you're done!
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Postby AJB2K3 » Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:48 pm

im running kde on mandriva and that process could be the problem.
@tuan168 all known apps were closed except terminal.
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Postby towy71 » Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:55 pm

run either
umount -f
umount -l
as root
man umount
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Postby graham » Wed Jul 13, 2005 5:05 pm

Sadly, this happens all too often. Mandriva should take care of this automatically, but it sometimes runs into problems. umount /mnt/removable is what you need to run from the command line to unmount the device. But, if another process is using it then this won't work.

You can check which processes are using the device using lsof as root:

lsof /mnt/removable

This will produce something like:
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kio_file 8302 graham    6r   REG    8,1 5018608 6042 /mnt/removable

PID is the column you need, as this is the process ID for whatever it is that's accessing your device. You can kill the process using:

kill -9 8302

Then you should be able to umount the device. Crude, but it should do the trick.
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