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kill all processes using a directory/file/etc

Terminal - kill all processes using a directory/file/etc
lsof|grep /somemount/| awk '{print $2}'|xargs kill
2009-03-12 18:42:19
User: archlich
Functions: awk grep xargs
kill all processes using a directory/file/etc

This command will kill all processes using a directory. It's quick and dirty. One may also use a -9 with kill in case regular kill doesn't work. This is useful if one needs to umount a directory.


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ooooooooooooo!! NICE!

Comment by linuxrawkstar 343 weeks and 4 days ago

Try this small refinement of including the grep in awk:

lsof | awk '/somemount/ { print $2 }' | xargs kill

saves one process and some typing...

Comment by philiph 343 weeks and 4 days ago

Why not use?

fuser -k /path/to/mount
Comment by goodevilgenius 343 weeks and 4 days ago

Your point of view

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