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open failed: EBUSY (Device or resource busy)

Posted by: admin January 30, 2018 Leave a comment


I have a strange error in my App.

In my app it is possible to download a zipFile, read the content as what it is and also delete it. Its doesn’t matter what exactly it is.

Problem: Only on the Motorola Xoom (version 4.0.4) I can download the file, unzip it, I can read the data and I can delete everything.
But if I try to Download the file again and while it unzip the file and copy the files to SD-Card it crashes with the error EBUSY (Device or resource busy).

  1. Why is it working only the first time?
  2. What means that error?
  3. Why i get this error only on the Xoom?

I can’t find any solution for that. On all other devices it works fine, no errors or problems.


07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057): IOException
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057): java.io.FileNotFoundException: /mnt/sdcard/Android/data/com.xxxxxx.android/files/content/23760/emag.db: open failed: EBUSY (Device or resource busy)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at libcore.io.IoBridge.open(IoBridge.java:406)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at java.io.FileOutputStream.<init>(FileOutputStream.java:88)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at java.io.FileOutputStream.<init>(FileOutputStream.java:73)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at com.xxxxx.android.util.io.ZipHelper.uncompressEntry(ZipHelper.java:35)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at com.xxxxx.android.task.PrepareMagTask.doInBackground(PrepareMagTask.java:271)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at com.xxxxx.android.task.PrepareMagTask.doInBackground(PrepareMagTask.java:1)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at android.os.AsyncTask$2.call(AsyncTask.java:264)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask$Sync.innerRun(FutureTask.java:305)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask.run(FutureTask.java:137)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:1076)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:569)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:856)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057): Caused by: libcore.io.ErrnoException: open failed: EBUSY (Device or resource busy)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at libcore.io.Posix.open(Native Method)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at libcore.io.BlockGuardOs.open(BlockGuardOs.java:110)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    at libcore.io.IoBridge.open(IoBridge.java:390)
07-18 12:27:46.774: E/PrepareMagTask(10057):    ... 11 more

It crashes at line 35 in my ZipHelper class:

FileHelper.copy(zipFile.getInputStream(entry), new FileOutputStream(outputFile), modify);

getInputStream(entry) … and I really dont know why?

Is there a method to wait for the device or recourse, when it is busy?
This is happened every time I try to unzip the file, the app tries it 5 time (Downloading -> Unzip) and it crashes every time.

EDIT: We found out, its not only the Xoom. We also have the error with the Asus Transformer with the version 4.0.4


I have the big Answer!!
The Problem comes from the Android System or / and the FAT32 system.
I can not explain how the system get the error, it has something to do with deleting files and the FAT32 System.

But the solution is really easy:
Before you delete a Directory or File: rename it!

Code to rename:

final File to = new File(file.getAbsolutePath() + System.currentTimeMillis());

Thats it, if you rename the folder or file before you delete it, there is no chance for the system to try to open an existing file again or an open file wich you want to save again (or something like this).


This issue may be cause by

  • two or more process reference the same file

  • file was deleted,but the reference not be killed

However,deleted it,only one reference was killed,or one or more process reference this file also

you can step by step:

before you delete the file you should

  • adb shell lsof | grep "com.xxxxxx.android"

The file you have been opened,and which process reference the file which you opened.
also,this command ,show us the process id


  • adb shell ls -al /proc/%d/fd

Surprise waiting for you, O(∩_∩)O

good luck!


It seems to be a lingering filesystem lock. I fixed it without touching my code, I think it was by unplugging my USB cable and re-plugging it in.


Was getting the exact same error, tried unplugging, restarting eclipse etc but nothing was working. Finally had to reboot phone and all fell back into place 😉

Thanks for putting me on the right route !!


I noticed this error in Sony Xperia when file in the directory not closed after writing some content in to it and I am trying to access(modify/delete) the directory.

Make sure to close the file properly. Make sure no program is accessing your files. Then you wont come across this error.

If you are unsure that any program might be accessing your directory, be sure to delete(/close) all the files in the directory before deleting the directory.

adb reboot is one option to close opened files. But that is not a good option to do so.


I understand that this is an old issue, and was originally reported specific to a XOOM, but if the OP had an open FileOutputStream that was not properly closed, i.e. via a Finally block, then that is likely what is causing the resource to be held when attempting to reference it later… even if the physical file was actually deleted.


The message rm: could not remove directory (code EBUSY), means that some app or process is using the directory.

For me, this usually means AndroidStudio, Webstorm, or another IDE is open. If you have an IDE open, closing it can free up the process to remove the folder. After closing, just run the removal again.