[Techtalk] Unmounting digital camera

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Sat Jul 23 06:10:44 EST 2005

On Friday 22 July 2005 12:56 pm, David Sumbler wrote:
> "Kathryn Hogg" <kjh at flyballdogs.com> writes:
> > Katie Bechtold said:
> >> On Fri, Jul 22, 2005 at 04:58:18PM +0100, David Sumbler wrote:
> >>> But when I have finished with it, and try to unmount it, I get
> >>> "umount: /mnt/camera: device is busy"
> >>
> >> When I've gotten that error, it has always been because I had a
> >> terminal open in which the current working directory was
> >> somewhere within /mnt/camera.
> >
> > wouldn't
> >
> > fuser /mnt/camera
> >
> > display the pids of all processes using that directory?
> This, and 'lsof /dev/sdb1' show that "fam" is the guilty process.
> But I don't really understand "fam" and what to do about it.
> David

"File alteration monitor". It monitors file and directories, and automatically 
updates graphical file browsers, among other things. FAM is a common foiler 
of umounts. Usually closing out any open graphical file browsers will take 
care of it, or killing the famd process, which is like majorly inconvenient, 
but I haven't figured out a better way.

Carla Schroder
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