sync command does not finish

Hi to all

My context :

Open Suse 11.1 / GNOME
uname -a ==>
Linux linudess02 #1 SMP 2009-08-15 17:53:59 +0200 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

no full file-system

The problem:
since yesterday, the “sync” command never ends, Ctrl-C, nor “kill -9” as root from another shell works better.
I can just break the gnome terminal window from which I called it (but the process with “sync” stays in memory). I’ve got a stack of them in memory ! :slight_smile:

“shutdown -r” stays blocked too (probably, shutdown calls “sync”).

Except for that, all seems to work “normally”.

Any risk to block the whole with a “cold boot” ? (“one-finger boot” with power-off - that’s ugly, I know!)

Any idea about a lockfile to throw away ? or any other thing to do ?

Thanks to you all in advance