on error KsCD becomes unkillable and causes umount to fail on shutdown...

Art Alexion art.alexion at verizon.net
Wed Feb 1 14:47:53 UTC 2006

No suggestions for preventing it from happening, but to avoid restarting

sudo killall kscd

Joe(theWordy)Philbrook wrote:

> I've noticed a problem lately with kscd that it sometimes locks up.
> This only happens when I use the stop button or "s" shortcut.
> About 9 out of 10 times it works properly, but the remaining 10% of the
> time, the cd stops playing but the kscd panel locks up. When this
> happens it's status info still says it's playing. When this happens I
> can't kill the kscd process even when I run ksysguard with root
> privileges. If I click on kscd's [X] close button I eventually get a
> pop-up that says it's not responding and offers to kill the process with
> a loss of any unsaved data. This will remove the panel from the desktop
> but ksysguard still shows the process as existing...
> At this point I can't restart kscd. That just creates killable processes
> that never make it to the desktop. (there is always still one kscd
> instance left that ksysguard can't kill)
> If I then close the xserver (and return to run level 3) and then restart
> x via startx, the unkillable instance is still there.
> And I usually (not always) get a /dev/dsp error causing sounds to be
> redirected to /dev/nul...
> Note: in order to get the sound to work for non-root users I had to chmod
> /dev/dsp on start up. <see snippage below>
> If/when I shutdown, there is a screen message that says something about
> umount failing. says something like "tmpfs busy" but it scrolls by to
> fast for me to get an exact quote.
> The next time I boot kubuntu it always claims it wasn't shutdown cleanly
> and insists on running fsck. Which fixes errors and requests a reboot...
> After the 2nd boot every thing is normal again. (till the next time kscd
> locks up)
> Does anyone know a likely cause for this??? Or better still a fix???


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