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INODE issue

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Carl Munnelly
Frequent Advisor

INODE issue

In vain hope that I can avoid a system reboot.

A user had deleted a file in /tmp which was still accessed by a process. However, I don't know the process. Is there anyway of identifying the inode and process and killing it from my current situation. Other than a reboot obviously.
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Robert-Jan Goossens
Honored Contributor

Re: INODE issue

Hi,

You could try and use fuser or lsof on the tmp filesystem.

http://hpux.connect.org.uk/hppd/hpux/Sysadmin/lsof-4.70/

Regards,
Robert-Jan
G. Vrijhoeven
Honored Contributor

Re: INODE issue

Hi,

If you rm-ed the file the inode gets removed when the Process keeping it open stops. To get the process, you can use lsof < not standard installed but the best tool for this kind of problems> or fuser -cu /tmp

HTH,

Gideon

PS. a link to lsof:

http://hpux.connect.org.uk/hppd/hpux/Sysadmin/lsof-4.70/

Carl Munnelly
Frequent Advisor

Re: INODE issue

I know lsof is ideal unfortunately not installed and can't download as blocked.
Carl Munnelly
Frequent Advisor

Re: INODE issue

Thanks guys,

I was investigating fuser and during that time the process must have sfinished as space released
Mark Grant
Honored Contributor

Re: INODE issue

Other than the "fuser" suggestion above which on "/tmp" is probably going to be a bit of a nightmare, you can't do it in any easy way.

THere is no way you can reclaim the space without stopping that process.

If you know the name the file had, it might be useful. If it is a tempory file that usually has the same name, you could doa strings on on the binaries of your running applications to lookf for the filename and then stop that application.

Never preceed any demonstration with anything more predictive than "watch this"
Robert-Jan Goossens
Honored Contributor
Solution

Re: INODE issue

Attached lsof 11.0 64 bits tar.gz file.