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I am mounting a NFS-folder from a server to my laptop.

Unfortunately, the server goes off sometimes... The problem is, that I cannot unmount the "dead" NFS-folder. On the command-line, I get "device is busy", and via nautilus it crashes my current session.

Is there any way to unmount a NFS-folder when the server is off?

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Have you tried umount -l – Mitch May 7 '13 at 12:39
thanks, mitch - thats it! – Produnis May 7 '13 at 18:21
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You can use umount -f -l /mnt/myfolder, and that will fix the problem.

  • -f – Force unmount (in case of an unreachable NFS system). (Requires kernel 2.1.116 or later.)

  • -l – Lazy unmount. Detach the filesystem from the filesystem hierarchy now, and cleanup all references to the filesystem as soon as it is not busy anymore. (Requires kernel 2.4.11 or later.)

Source:Linux Complete Command Reference

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try sudo umount -l {mountPoint} to do a "lazy unmount". Lets you move on with your life without waiting for the plumber to arrive.

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In case umount -f -l /mnt/myfolder doesn't work service nfs restart (or it's equivalent on your linux) might.

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The problem with this is if you have several nfs mounted paths from different servers and you don't want to drop other mount points which would affect other services. – Efren May 16 at 6:09

In my case where umount -f did not work, umount -fr worked. -r argument remounts as read-only and then unmounts the folder.

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