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[dm-devel] What does no_path_retry=NULL mean?

I've been trying to understand what the default behavior should be if
no_path_retry is not set in the multipath.conf file.  The annotated
version describes (somewhat) what happens with values of queue, fail, or
n>0, but says the default is NULL, and does not say what behavior NULL

The reason for the question is a situation where a highly-available
iscsi target undergoes failover from one node to another, and the iscsi
initiators see all their multiple paths fail during that transition
time, which takes 5-120 seconds.  I had set no_path_retry to queue,
thinking it would queue until the paths come back, but it seems to stop
checking the path status and queue forever. Is that expected? Or should no_path_retry=queue stop queuing (but continue checking the paths) and send both queued and new requests when the paths are available again? With it set to queue it hangs all I/O requests until I restart multipathd, at which point I expect that all queued data is lost. It will stay in the queued state for hours/days even though the paths are back if no action is taken.

This is on fedora 9, the default device-mapper-multipath rpm, version
0.4.7, release 16.fc9.  path_checker=readsector0, and poling_interval=10.

Thanks for helping me understand what is happening here.


 Ty! Boyack
 NREL Unix Network Manager
 ty nrel colostate edu
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