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Old 06-13-2005, 07:07 PM   #1
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Question Forcibly Remove Dead Smb Mounts

Does anyone know of a good way to mount Samba volumes so that you dont have to reboot your box to get them unmounted when the remote server gets reset?

This is utterly annoying.

I am using Suse 9.1 and fuser -k just hangs. It never worked for me anyway.

Maybe some kind of a loop mount or container fs that can be forcibly removed will do the job?
Old 06-13-2005, 08:07 PM   #2
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not sure what you mean by remote server being reset... I assume you are talking client side.

I use samba alot, but do not quite get what the problem is... however, you could cron samba mounts and umounts at regular intervals so that it is transparent to users.

However, sounds like samba is not configured right to me.

Old 06-13-2005, 11:15 PM   #3
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Try this:

mount //server/c /mnt/c

Browse it a little, copy and edit some files
Now turn off the server that had the shared files
And turn it back on

1) /mnt/c is no longer accessible on the linux box
2) you can't unmount it (filesystem busy)
(fuser -k hangs forever)
3) you can remount it, but only in a different subdirectory
4) listing /mnt takes forever and eventually gives an io error

This has happened on every single linux installation I have tried!!!

Please people! I would like to find a remedy!!!
Why doesnt unmount instantly return?! What is the big deal?
If I tell my computer to do something, I dont care who else is doing what,
it must do what I want, INSTANTLY.

Or it sucks!
Old 06-14-2005, 12:51 AM   #4
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lazy umount

you can run "umount -lf /mountpoint" and this will unmount it without a care in the world

If your smbmount is mounted via your "/etc/fstab" , you may also try using a soft mount for both NFS/SMB shares as it will make it easier to unmount / fix in the case your winbloz box goes down.

Last edited by jerky; 06-14-2005 at 12:52 AM.


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