Troubleshoot storage errors
This topic discusses errors which may occur when you use Docker volumes or bind mounts.
Some container-based utilities, such
Google cAdvisor, mount Docker system
directories, such as
/var/lib/docker/, into a container. For instance, the
cadvisor instructs you to run the
cadvisor container as
$ sudo docker run \
When you bind-mount
/var/lib/docker/, this effectively mounts all resources of
all other running containers as filesystems within the container which mounts
/var/lib/docker/. When you attempt to remove any of these containers, the
removal attempt may fail with an error like the following:
Error: Unable to remove filesystem for
Device or resource busy
The problem occurs if the container which bind-mounts
fstatfs on filesystem handles within
and does not close them.
Typically, we would advise against bind-mounting
/var/lib/docker in this way.
cAdvisor requires this bind-mount for core functionality.
If you are unsure which process is causing the path mentioned in the error to
be busy and preventing it from being removed, you can use the
to find its process. For instance, for the error above:
$ sudo lsof /var/lib/docker/containers/74bef250361c7817bee19349c93139621b272bc8f654ae112dd4eb9652af9515/shm
To work around this problem, stop the container which bind-mounts
/var/lib/docker and try again to remove the other container.