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Tue, Feb 01, 2005 7:03 pm

Ejecting Floppy Despite "Device busy" Message

If you try to eject a floppy using the eject command on a Solaris system, but receive a "Device busy" message, you can just push the button to eject the media, but if you make changes to the diskette and then reinsert it or another one, the system may show the contents of the original diskette and not the contents of the new one when you use ls or try to access files on the new diskette. The Volume Manager may be preventing you from unmounting the diskette, in which case you need to stop it before issuing the eject command. Use /etc/init.d/volmgt stop to stop the Volume Manager. Then use the eject command to unmount the diskette. You can then physically eject it with the eject button. You can then restart the Volume Manager with /etc/init.d/volmgt start as shown below. When you put a new floppy disk in the drive, you can mount it with the volcheck command. You will need to stop and start the Volume Manager from the root account.

# eject floppy
/vol/dev/diskette0/unnamed_floppy#6: Device busy
# /etc/init.d/volmgt stop
# eject
/dev/rdiskette can now be manually ejected
# /etc/init.d/volmgt start
volume management starting.

Tested on Solaris 7

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