I just upgraded to Catalina and am using an external drive as a system drive and need to unmount my internal drive, but I can't. I try
sudo diskutil umount /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/ and it asks for my password, tries, then tells me:
Volume Macintosh HD on disk0s2 failed to unmount: dissented by PID 2793 (/System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/XPCServices/com.apple.dock. extra.xpc/Contents/MacOS/com.apple.dock.extra) Dissenter parent PPID 1 (/sbin/launchd)
When I use
ps aux to find out about PID 2793, here's the appropriate information:
hal 2793 0.0 0.1 5253644 34068 ?? Ss 1:06AM 0:00.14 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/XPCServices/com.apple.dock.extra.xpc /Contents/MacOS/com.apple.dock.extra
The only app (and I checked with
lsof) that is using anything on that drive is the dock - and it's using the iTunes icon. I found that out with
lsof, here's the related output line:
com.apple 2793 hal txt REG 1,2 23760 2640732 /Volumes/Macintosh HD/Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/PlugIns/iTunesDockTile.docktileplugin /Contents/MacOS/iTunesDockTile
That confirms that the only app using anything on that internal drive is the Dock and that the only file being used is the iTunesDockTile. When I first saw this, I removed Apple Music from the Dock, but it still wants that tile and, rather than getting it from the external drive, that is the system drive, it's using the one on the old internal drive.
killall dock; sudo diskutil umount /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD and get the same message as above. (I hoped that it would unmount the drive while Dock was restarting and before it got a file lock.) I've considered just deleting that file, but I don't know what consequences that would create.
I need to unmount that drive so I can reformat it.
Extra (probably unnecessary) details:
This is part of an upgrade from Mojave to Catalina. I tried to start the update and it wouldn't, since my system drive was not in APFS. I had an extra drive, so I hooked it up via USB and formatted it in APFS, then used SuperDuper to copy my internal drive to the external. I upgraded the external to Catalina. My next step was going to be to reformat the internal in AFPS, then use SuperDuper again and copy everything on the external drive (Which is now a new Catalina update) to the internal drive. It appears EVERYTHING else is using the external for all system resources and the ONLY tile the Dock is not getting from the internal drive is this one iTunes tile.
So what is the best and safest way to deal with this to unmount the internal drive? I've considered using a forced unmount, but that doesn't always work and can cause problems. I don't want to just delete the tile file until I know what it'll do or if there are unexpected consequences.