Show which process is blocking umount (Device or resource is busy)

lsof /folder
Instead of using force un-mounting, it's better to find the processes that currently use the relevant folder. Taken from: http://www.linuxhowtos.org/Tips%20and%20Tricks/findprocesses.htm
Sample Output
COMMAND   PID USER   FD   TYPE DEVICE SIZE     NODE NAME
bash    20355 root  cwd    DIR    8,1 4096 25952257 /folder

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2010-09-06 05:10:06

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