gam_server problems with floppy

Rui Miguel Seabra rms at
Tue Feb 22 11:16:00 UTC 2005


  Even though I'm running on rawhide, this has bit me several times in
the past, and although I have a workaround, most users can't or don't
have the experience to use it.

[rms at roque ~]$ umount /media/floppy/
umount: /media/floppy: device is busy
umount: /media/floppy: device is busy

[root at roque ~]# lsof | grep floppy
gam_serve 3467     rms   86r      DIR        2,0     7168
1 /media/floppy
gam_serve 3467     rms   87r      DIR        2,0     7168
1 /media/floppy
gam_serve 3467     rms   90r      DIR        2,0     7168
1 /media/floppy

My only chance is to do something like:
[rms at roque ~]$ killall -9 gam_server ; umount /media/floppy/

But this may need to be repeated if umount wasn't fast enough...

A typical user will be astonished while the file manager complains about
being unable to unmount the floppy with that message. Is it possible to
force gam_server to behave, or is there _anything_ that could be wrong
with my setup that would cause gam_server to never unhold /media/floppy?


+ No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Gandhi
+ So let's do it...?

Please AVOID sending me WORD, EXCEL or POWERPOINT attachments.
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