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 firstname.lastname@example.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
netapp> lock break -f "/vol/testvol/testvol/MyApp/Logs/log-file.log" -p cifs
Afterwards you should again check the output of the
command to verify that the locked file has been successfully removed.