Solaris 11.3

My script needs to recursive delete in a directory.

Other directories work fine.

One directory is plagued by the following:

rm -rf: Unable to remove directory <some/sub/directory>: Device busy

I found a post that said "shared folder" was the issue, but doesn't seem to be the fix.

I have tried:

#share - got nothing    
lsof: command not found

privs seem ok

drwxr-xr-x   4 root     root           4 Jan  3 13:25 dir2/
drwxr-xr-x   5 root     root           9 Jan  8 20:16 bad_dir1/

fuser -cu  /bad_dir1

Rewrote my script to ensure it returns to original calling directory.

Anything else I can look for?

  • Is the directory (or one of its parents) an active mount point? Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 21:01
  • 1
    lsof: command not found The POSIX standard way to determine if a file/directory is open is fuser. Solaris uses that. Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 21:01
  • Assuming "/bad_dir1" is the root directory of your "rm -rf" command, what does the command "mount | grep /bad_dir1" give you?
    – L.Ray
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 21:57
  • Under Solaris 11, you can also use netstat -u to get useful information on open files/ports. Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 22:26
  • @L.Ray mount | grep bad_dir1 /bad_dir1 on bad_dir1 read/write/setuid/devices/rstchown/nonbmand/exec/xattr/atime/dev=4750007 on Wed Nov 22 14:11:29 2017 /bad_dir1/Sol_Audit on bad_dir1/Sol_Audit read/write/setuid/devices/rstchown/nonbmand/exec/xattr/atime/dev=4750008 on Wed Nov 22 14:11:29 2017
    – Marinaio
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 18:11

1 Answer 1


The output of your 'mount | grep bad_dir1' command looks a little strange to me, but you have a filesystem mounted on bad_dir1/Sol_Audit. You won't be able to remove the directory while it's mounted. Try unmounting it first:

$ sudo umount /bad_dir1/Sol_Audit

and then try running your "rm" command again.

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