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I occasionally get applications stuck on "disk wait" on FUSE filesystem due to network problem. They take up memory and their window is still around, so after some time I get a number of them which is annoying. I googled around, and found some old posts saying that reboot the system is the only way to get rid of them. Is that still true?

Things I tried:

  1. sudo kill -9
  2. kill the parent process
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What software are you using on top of FUSE? It is something standard or something you made yourself? – David Schwartz Feb 12 '12 at 2:28
it's Fuse over NFS, not sure which implementation exactly, but googling for (FUSE "disk wait") shows that other people encounter this problem, ie… – Yaroslav Bulatov Feb 12 '12 at 5:07

Either that, or fix the filesystem. If you don't want it to try an operation forever but would prefer it to fail with an I/O error after some amount of time, you should code it to do that. If you're using someone else's FUSE filesystem, there's a good chance that it has a mount option to permit soft failures, timeouts, or something similar.

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