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Re: [dm-devel] multipath: expected results of configuring "no_path_retry"?



Diedrich Ehlerding wrote:
> I have a question concerning the expected behavior of dm_multipath 
> connected to an EMC Clariion array. Different versions of multipath 
> give different results when I disconnect all pathes to the storage. 
> 
> I have one server (SuSE SLES10 SP2, 2.6.16.60-0.3, multipath-tools 
> 0.4.7-34.43) and another one (SLES 11,  2.6.27.19-5-default, 0.4.8-
> 40.1). Both versions recognize the Clariion without further setting in 
> multipath.conf. The settings for the Clariion in multipath -t seem to 
> be the same (especially queue_if_no_path + no_path_retry 60)
> 
> Trying to setup a software mirror on top, i.e. trying to mirror the 
> data into a second box, I observed the follwoing diffenrent behavior 
> between these two versions: 
> 
> - on the SLES10 machine, disconnecting the disk in one Clariion results 
> in IO error, the mirror breaks up, and the use IO continues on the 
> surviving part of the mirror. This is the behavior which I want, and 
> which I expected, and this was my understanding of "no_path_retry" - 
> retry some times, then terminate IO.  
> 
> - on the SLES11 machine, the same attempt makes IO hang infinitely. The 
> messages display that all pathes fail, and then "Entering recovery 
> mode: max_retries=60" - but then, nothing happens; IOs hang.
> 
Yes, I know. You are triggering Novell bugzilla #485281

Patch is already available from my multipath repository

git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/hare/multipath-tools.git
branch sles11

Will be included in the next maintenance update.

Cheers,

Hannes
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