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From: Mark Knecht <markknecht@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] Why is /tmp/jack busy?
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2008 14:23:27
and what's with this time stamp value?

When I boot this machine it gets to a point where it says something
like 'Wiping /tmp...' and then I see a message 'Unable to remove
./jack' and then something about the device or directory being busy.
When I log in as root and try to remove it by hand this is the

lightning tmp # ls -la
total 24
drwxrwxrwt  5 root root 8192 2008-06-28 07:12 .
drwxr-xr-x 25 root root 4096 2008-05-04 18:23 ..
drwxrwxrwt  2 root root 4096 2008-06-28 07:10 .ICE-unix
drwxrwxrwt  2 root root   40 2008-06-28 00:10 jack
-r--r--r--  1 root root   11 2008-06-28 07:10 .X0-lock
drwxrwxrwt  2 root root 4096 2008-06-28 07:10 .X11-unix
lightning tmp # rm -rf jack/
rm: cannot remove directory `jack': Device or resource busy
lightning tmp #

Two questions to start:

1) If /tmp/jack is really busy then who is using it? This machine was
cold booted 9 minutes ago and Jack (the sound connection machine)
isn't running:

lightning tmp # ps aux | grep jack
root      5635  0.0  0.0   4096   696 pts/0    R+   07:20   0:00 grep
--colour=auto jack
lightning tmp #

2) The machine hasn't run Linux in a couple of days. If I booted this
morning at 7:10 AM then how can /tmp/jack have a time stamp of 00:10?

There is nothing in /tmp/jack and I'd like to remove it and get rid of
this boot message. (The message has been there for months. Nothing
new. Just finally got tired of seeing it!)

Thanks in advance,
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Re: [gentoo-user] Why is /tmp/jack busy? PaulNM <gentoo@×××××××××.com>