Configuring the response to I/O failures

You can configure how Dynamic Multi-Pathing (DMP) responds to failed I/O requests on the paths to a specified enclosure, disk array name, or type of array. By default, DMP is configured to retry a failed I/O request up to five minutes on various active paths.

To display the current settings for handling I/O request failures that are applied to the paths to an enclosure, array name, or array type, use the vxdmpadm getattr command.

To set a limit for the number of times that DMP attempts to retry sending an I/O request on a path, use the following command:

# vxdmpadm setattr \
  {enclosure enc-name|arrayname name|arraytype type} \
  recoveryoption=fixedretry retrycount=n

The value of the argument to retrycount specifies the number of retries to be attempted before DMP reschedules the I/O request on another available path, or fails the request altogether.

As an alternative to specifying a fixed number of retries, you can specify the amount of time DMP allows for handling an I/O request. If the I/O request does not succeed within that time, DMP fails the I/O request. To specify an iotimeout value, use the following command:

# vxdmpadm setattr \
  {enclosure enc-name|arrayname name|arraytype type} \
  recoveryoption=timebound iotimeout=seconds

The default value of iotimeout is 300 seconds. For some applications such as Oracle, it may be desirable to set iotimeout to a larger value. The iotimeout value for DMP should be greater than the I/O service time of the underlying operating system layers.


The fixedretry and timebound settings are mutually exclusive.

The following example configures time-bound recovery for the enclosure enc0, and sets the value of iotimeout to 360 seconds:

# vxdmpadm setattr enclosure enc0 recoveryoption=timebound \

The next example sets a fixed-retry limit of 10 for the paths to all Active/Active arrays:

# vxdmpadm setattr arraytype A/A recoveryoption=fixedretry \

Specifying recoveryoption=default resets DMP to the default settings for recovery.

For example, the following command sets the default settings:

# vxdmpadm setattr arraytype A/A recoveryoption=default

For PCI devices, the default settings are recoveryoption=fixedretry retrycount=5.

For all other devices, the default settings are recoveryoption=timebound iotimeout=300

Specifying recoveryoption=defaultalso has the effect of configuring I/O throttling with the default settings.


The response to I/O failure settings is persistent across reboots of the system.

More Information

Displaying recovery option values

Configuring the I/O throttling mechanism