Is it possible to flush a multipath map when multipath -f reports that the map is in use?

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  • Unable to remove a multipath device in order to proceed with unmapping the LUN from the server.
  • Attempting to flush a multipath map with "multipath -f" or "multipath -F" results in "map in use":

         # multipath -f mpath7
         mpath7: map in use
  • Unable to remove the multipath device, even after unmapping the LUN from the server.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and later
  • Device mapper multipath
  • SAN connected storage

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