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Resolved – rm cannot remove some files with error message “Device or resource busy”

June 11th, 2014

If you meet problem when remove one file on linux with below error message:

[root@test-host ~]# rm -rf /u01/shared/*
rm: cannot remove `/u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common/soa/modules/oracle.soa.mgmt_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000004abf00000001': Device or resource busy
rm: cannot remove `/u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common/modules/oracle.jrf_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000005c7a00000002': Device or resource busy
rm: cannot remove `/u01/shared/WLS/OracleHome/soa/modules/oracle.soa.fabric_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000006bcf00000003': Device or resource busy

Then it means that some progresses were still referring to these files. You have to stop these processes before remove these files. You can use linux command lsof to find the processes using specific files:

[root@test-host ~]# lsof |grep nfs0000000000004abf00000001
java 2956 emcadm mem REG 0,21 1095768 19135 /u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common/soa/modules/oracle.soa.mgmt_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000004abf00000001 (slce49sn-nas:/export/C9QA123_DC1/tas_central_shared)
java 2956 emcadm 88r REG 0,21 1095768 19135 /u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common/soa/modules/oracle.soa.mgmt_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000004abf00000001 (slce49sn-nas:/export/C9QA123_DC1/tas_central_shared)

So from here you can see that processe with PID 2956 is still using file /u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common/soa/modules/oracle.soa.mgmt_11.1.1/.nfs0000000000004abf00000001.

However, some systems have no lsof installed by default. Then you can install it or by using the alternative one "fuser":

[root@test-host ~]# fuser -cu /u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common
/u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common: 2956m(emcadm) 7358c(aime)

Then you can see also that progresses with PIDs 2956 and 7358 are referring to the directory /u01/shared/WLS/oracle_common.

so you'll need stop the process first by killing it(or stop it using the processes own stop() method if defined):

kill -9 2956

After that, you can try remove the files again, should be ok this time.

Good Luck!


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  1. sindhu
    November 23rd, 2015 at 16:00 | #1

    This works!! thnku very much !!!!!

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