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[dm-devel] [multipath] meaning of "no_path_retry nn"

I would appreciate an explanation of "no_path_retry nn" parameter in 
multipath.conf. Probably I misunderstood it as a number of seconds. 

I am setting up  a software mirror (mdadm) on top of an EMC Clariion 
configuration for desaster protection. The Clariions are recognized by 
multipath properly; it seems to be set up with "no_path_retry 60" 
(according to multipath -t). I had no further settings in 
multipath.conf; this seems to be hardcoded into multipath. 

However, If I disconnect one Clariion, th mirror doesnt break - 
multipath detects that all paths are failed and tells me that it will 
now wait for 60 retries. These 60 retries seem to last very long; 
atfter 5 minutes, it didnt complete. 

Evertyhing works fine if I set up a multipath.conf containing the 
Clariion settings from multipath -t and modify them to 
"no_path_retry fail" and "features 0 fail_if_no_path".  But even if I 
just reduce the default settings to no_path_retry 2 the mirror doesnt 
break - the IOs seem to hang indefinitely (well, I lost patience after 
~5 minutes).

Probably I misunderstood "no_path_retry 60" - does that mean seconds, 
or minutes, or what else? Is anything except "fail" a useful setting in 
mirrored configurations? 

system is a Suse  with multipath-tools-0.4.7-34.43

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