[kde-linux] KDE make file system busy

lars.koraeus at gmail.com lars.koraeus at gmail.com
Sun Apr 4 10:39:28 UTC 2010

On Sunday 04 April 2010 17:18:26 Kevin Krammer wrote:
> On Sunday, 2010-04-04, lars.koraeus at gmail.com wrote:
> > I am running openSUSE 11.2.
> > KDE makes a lot of KDE apps and also other as yast, openoffice etc lock a
> >  file system so I not can unmount it.
> >
> > All our computers have a link from their ~/Documents, ~/Downloads etc to
> > common document, download, etc  ... partitions. This is because we are
> >  working with several distros/versions and always want our
> >  documents/downloads at hand.
> >
> > However for some reasons I do not understand, KDE makes apps locking the
> > Documents mount points so this partition not can be unmounted. This is a
> >  KDE behaviour and I have not the same problem with other window
> > managers.
> >
> > Each user directory has a link like
> > Documents -> /local/Documents/$USER
> >
> > /local/Documents is a mount point for a local/remote partition.
> > lsof shows that when running KDE the  /local/Documents/ is kept open and
> >  makes the file system busy. Does this also imply that there MUST be a
> >  directory called Documents if you are to run KDE? The other linked file
> >  systems are not affected. I have not had time to test this yet. Because
> > it does not lock /usr/Documents/user which would be more understandable.
> Maybe you can find out which process is accessing the directory, e.g. by
>  using fuser
Yes I have used fuser. That is why I say all kde apps + a lot more.
IE klauncher, kded4, kgglobalc, knotify4, plasma-de, kio_file, kaccess, kxkb, 
nepomukse, krunner, kmix, kalarm, kgps, kget, polkit-gn, kupdateap, klipper, 
konsol, . . .  and such as yast, openoffice and other running apps.
Now I did check again. I would say that every running program have the 
directory open if I use KDE.
What are all this apps doing in /local/Documents.
If they had followed the link I could have understood but am still 
questioning, what do they have to do here?

Is this a bug or by intention?

So all apps hold an equivalent to /home open ??
A ls here will looks the same as ls /home.
However this might never be used as I as my knowledge not have heard any 
complaints that documents go to this directory. But on the other hand I am 
perhaps the only one using KDE now. All others have changed to other window 

Perhaps this is related to the problems KDE has to keep track of following 
links. I has the tendency to change to the real patch instead. This cause 
sever problems and the user have to be very alert.

> Cheers,
> Kevin

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