kill all processes using a directory/file/etc

lsof|grep /somemount/| awk '{print $2}'|xargs kill
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.
Sample Output
lsof|grep /data/| awk '{print $2}'|xargs kill
kill 1635: No such process
kill 1635: No such process

By: archlich
2009-03-12 18:42:19

What Others Think

ooooooooooooo!! NICE!
linuxrawkstar · 624 weeks and 2 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...
philiph · 624 weeks and 2 days ago
Why not use? fuser -k /path/to/mount
goodevilgenius · 624 weeks and 2 days ago
`fuser -k /path/to/mount` is better
mcsrainbow · 128 weeks and 3 days ago

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