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device-mapper: remove ioctl on failed: Device or resource busy

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 (SLES 11 SP4)


On a system with root on lvm during shutdown (or reboot) the following messages are shown:

Unmounting file systems                                            
  device-mapper: remove ioctl on  failed: Device or resource busy  
  device-mapper: remove ioctl on  failed: Device or resource busy  
  device-mapper: remove ioctl on  failed: Device or resource busy  

 The shutdown completes without any hangs.


The device-mapper update, device-mapper-1.02.77-0.15.14, released July 2016 includes the patch to resolve this problem.
Please install the recommended update.


The messages are because /etc/init.d/boot.lvm calls 'vgchange -a n', which obviously fails on the /dev/system/root as that is still mounted.

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  • Document ID:7017390
  • Creation Date: 18-Mar-2016
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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