For udevd there is no init.d script and manual page is not indicating how to restart it either. The process is holding a deleted file (lsof shows) and I need to release it by restarting udevd.

How to reload/restart udevd on CentOS?

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You are correct there is no init script. To restart the udevd run the following command:

# /sbin/start_udev

Hope that works!

  • Hope that works? :) inspires confidence!
    – Alex
    Jan 7, 2013 at 7:36
  • This is the answer. Kudos @prateek61. (Though I would personally use a killall udevd command first.)
    – rsaw
    Aug 5, 2016 at 1:45

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