Btrfs check repair give device busy. How to see what it keeps busy?

I am in a chicken-egg situation for my secondary harddrive (non boot):

  • My BTRFS mount has gone readonly because no space left.
  • btrfs filesystem resize only works on mounted volumes.
  • I needed to umount this ro mount in force mode (because of device busy).
  • If I try to mount rw it fails because of errors (most likely caused by no space left)
  • If I try to run btrfs check --repair it gives device busy

What to do to find out what keeps /dev/sda busy? My hdd is listed in /etc/fstab, does that matter (UUID=262a8d86-279a-4f6b-8968-32e200c32255 /mnt/hdd btrfs defaults,compress=zlib 0 1)???

I tried:

  • lsof | grep /dev/s -> nothing
  • lsof | grep /mnt/hdd-> nothing
  • The same for fuser -> nothing


mount -o recovery /dev/sda /mnt/hdd

[63035.539792] BTRFS error (device sda): Remounting read-write after error is not allowed

If I try to run:

root@myhost:/mnt# btrfs check --repair /dev/sda enabling repair mode ERROR: cannot open device '/dev/sda': Device or resource busy ERROR: cannot open file system