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Visudo: sudoers file busy, try again later

Ran into this issue while setting up an EC2 instance. My ssh session was interrupted while having done sudo visudo. I couldn’t access the file anymore, nor delete the related .tmp.

I found my solution in the comments here.

ps -ef|grep sudo
sudo kill -9 replace-with-visudo-process-nr

Repeat this for each process containing visudo. Afterwards I was able to sudo visudo again.

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