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If you try to unmount a partition and get a message like this:

# umount /media/usbdisk/
umount: /media/usbdisk: device is busy

use the lsof command to find out what programs are using what files:

# lsof /media/usbdisk/
COMMAND PID USER FD TYPE DEVICE SIZE NODE NAME
bash 6925 root cwd DIR 8,17 4096 1 /media/usbdisk/
xmms 6979 root cwd DIR 8,17 4096 1 /media/usbdisk/

This shows that the programs bash and xmms are using the device. For an even clearer picture, use the device name rather than the mountpoint:

# lsof /dev/sdb1
COMMAND PID USER FD TYPE DEVICE SIZE NODE NAME
bash 6925 root cwd DIR 8,17 4096 1 /media/usbdisk
xmms 6979 root cwd DIR 8,17 4096 1 /media/usbdisk
xmms 6979 root 8r REG 8,17 2713101 377 /media/usbdisk/a.mp3

You either can wait until those processes exit or terminate them manually.

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