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Rescue CDs






Umount: /mnt/sda1 is busy


umount -lf /mnt/sda1

Grow (GPT) last partition to max available

Where '3' is partition number

parted /dev/sdf resize 3 100%

No longer allowed?


I deleted a file but disk is still full

It was in use by process, you'll need to kill that

lsof -nP | grep '(deleted)'



check if interface exists


Hardware info

Check number of CPUs

lscpu | grep Socket

Find bios version

dmidecode -s bios-version

pam_succeed_if(sudo:auth): requirement "uid >= 1000" not met

List hardware

  • lshw
  • dmidecode
  • lsusb
  • hwinfo
  • lspci
  • lscpu
dmidecode -t baseboard

BLKRRPART: Device or resource busy

spend all day or reboot


calling ioclt to re-read partition table: Device or resource busy

rescan partition table

Keep an eye on

cat /proc/partitions

Partition(s) have been written, but we have been unable to inform the kernel of the change

kpartx /dev/sdg
partx -uv /dev/sdg (this one worked on centos 7.3!)

This one gave new disk size! Verified: CentOS 6, Ubuntu 22

echo 1 > /sys/block/sde/device/rescan

Only one that seemed to work on (centos7.x)

echo "- - -" > /sys/class/scsi_host/host2/scan

or scan all:

echo "- - -" | tee /sys/class/scsi_host/host*/scan

The winner so far:

blockdev --rereadpt /dev/sdg

but may throw blockdev: ioctl error on BLKRRPART: Device or resource busy


hdparm -z /dev/sdg

Force reboot

I found sometimes 'reboot' and 'shutdown' don't work in virtual machines, in that case try:

echo s > /proc/sysrq-trigger
#optionally umount
echo u > /proc/sysrq-trigger
echo b > /proc/sysrq-trigger


check if you're in virtual or physical machine

dmidecode -s system-manufacturer

watch which files a process opens

watch ls -l /proc/`pidof clamd`/fd

timestamp to human readable

date -d @1522142497

Mignight commander/dialog strange characters

Quick fix:

export LANG=en_US.ISO-8859-1

This probleem seems to be related to screen/su -

kpartx failing silently

No output/result when trying to create:

kpartx -lv /dev/mapper/foo

this might means the device hasn't been partitioned

No output when trying to delete:

kpartx -d /dev/mapper/foop1

means you should use

kpartx -d /dev/mapper/foo




Create swapfile

fallocate -l 4G /var/swapfile
mkswap /var/swapfile


swapon -v /var/swapfile

In fstab: /var/swapfile swap swap sw,prio=-1

swapon failed: Invalid argument

problably trying to use fallocate on rhel/centos, use dd instead

partx: error adding partition

try kpartx instead

Find maximum depth of directory

find /var/www -type d | awk -F"/" 'NF > max {max = NF} END {print max}'


Cannot open access to console, the root account is locked

You probably messed up your grub config, maybe GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX. Boot rescue CD image :)