[DRBD-user] DRBD device held open by someone

Dileep Nayak tech.disscuss2011 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 22 09:52:47 CEST 2011

Note: "permalinks" may not be as permanent as we would like,
direct links of old sources may well be a few messages off.

Thanks Lars for your reply.

DRBD is used in conjunction with Linux-HA in a High Availability
configuration to replicate data between the Active and Standby servers.

Our product is running LVM (Logical Volume Manager) on top of DRBD.

We are not using the nfs. The last point is not applicable in our case.

And please can you explain bit more the below mentioned cases by you and how
to detect/verify them when the issue “Device is held open by someone” is


Dileep Nayak

>   6. Re: DRBD device held open by someone (Lars Ellenberg)
Message: 6
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:01:49 +0200
From: Lars Ellenberg <lars.ellenberg at linbit.com>
Subject: Re: [DRBD-user] DRBD device held open by someone
To: drbd-user at lists.linbit.com
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> On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 10:10:41AM +0530, Dileep Nayak wrote:
> > TThanks Matt for your reply to the issue "*DRBD device held open by
> someone*
> > ".
> > Today the below problem has been seen again.
> >
> >
> >  State change failed: (-12) Device is held open by someone
> *Sometimes it is just udev or equivalent doing a race.
> Sometimes it is a unix domain socket or similar still held open
> (won't necessary show up in lsof/fuser).
> Sometimes it is some device mapper targets not yet taken down.
> Sometimes it is nfs locks not being properly released (in time).
> What do you use DRBD for, what sits on top of it?*
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