Remove locked files on a NetApp filer

In this post we'll see how to find and remove locked files on a NetApp filer.

It may happen sometimes that an application that depends on a shared storage is not starting up or not even working properly. Most of the times this is caused by locked files on the shared storage and here we will see how to remove them.

Our setup consists of one NetApp filer with a volume that is exported over CIFS, which in turn is mounted on a Windows(R) client machine.

First login to the NetApp filer over SSH using account that has administrative privileges:

$ ssh root@netapp.examle.org

Once logged in on the NetApp filer, lets see the currently locked files:

netapp> lock status -p cifs

The above command will show you the locked files on the NetApp filer which are using the CIFS protocol.

And here's the output we got after executing the above command on the NetApp filer:

netapp> lock status -p cifs
CIFS path=\(/vol/testvol/testvol/) host=10.xxx.yyy.zzz() owner=cifsuser state=GRANTED mode=Read-denyN oplock=None fsid=0x187ddf33 fileid=0x00000064
CIFS path=\MyApp\Logs\log-file.log(/vol/testvol/testvol/MyApp/Logs/log-file.log) host=10.xxx.yyy.zzz() owner=cifsuser state=GRANTED mode=Oplock-Excl oplock=Excl fsid=0x187ddf33 fileid=0x000a20bc
CIFS path=\MyApp\Logs\another-log-file.log(/vol/testvol/testvol/MyApp/Logs/another-log-file.log) host=10.xxx.yyy.zzz() owner=cifsuser state=GRANTED mode=Oplock-Excl oplock=Excl fsid=0x187ddf33 fileid=0x000a20bd
CIFS path=\MyApp\Logs(/vol/testvol/testvol/MyApp/Logs) host=10.xxx.yyy.zzz() owner=cifsuser state=GRANTED mode=Read-denyN oplock=None fsid=0x187ddf33 fileid=0x0001dd03

From the above output we can see the locks of the different files, which are using the CIFS protocol. You are also able to filter the lock files by specifying the hostname of a machine that is supposed to hold a locked file or even specify different protocols.

For more information on the supported options by the lock command execute this:

netapp> lock help

Once you've found the locked file that needs to be released, you can do so by executing the command below:

netapp> lock break -f </vol/path/to/file> -p cifs

This is how for example we can release the lock of the log-file.log file:

netapp> lock break -f "/vol/testvol/testvol/MyApp/Logs/log-file.log" -p cifs

Afterwards you should again check the output of the lock status command to verify that the locked file has been successfully removed.

Written on November 29, 2012