Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 481220
Timeout of directio checker too low
Last modified: 2014-04-08 20:53:04 EDT
Description of problem:
The directio timeout is hardcoded to be 30 seconds, which can cause false failures on storage systems with longer timeouts. As it says in checker.h:
* Overloaded storage response time can be very long.
* SG_IO timouts after DEF_TIMEOUT milliseconds, and checkers interprets this
* as a path failure. multipathd then proactively evicts the path from the DM
* multipath table in this case.
* This generaly snow balls and ends up in full eviction and IO errors for end
* users. Bad. This may also cause SCSI bus resets, causing disruption for all
* local and external storage hardware users.
* Provision a long timeout. Longer than any real-world application would cope
I propose redefining DIRECTIO_TIMEOUT to be DEF_TIMEOUT.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Now that the synchronous checkers have a configurable timeout, directio could use that as well for the asynchornous timeout. On most machines, it defaults to 60 seconds, but it can be changed in multipath.conf
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This bug hasn't had any activity since 2009. I don't like the idea of changing the default timeout for the directio checker on the last rhel 5 release. If someone has a good reason why we should be doing this, let me know. The code change itself is simple.