nbdkit-retry-filter man page

nbdkit-retry-filter — reopen connection on error

Synopsis

 nbdkit --filter=retry PLUGIN [retries=N] [retry-delay=N]
                              [retry-exponential=yes|no]
                              [retry-readonly=yes|no]

Description

nbdkit-retry-filter is a filter that transparently reopens the plugin connection when an error is encountered.  It can be used to make long-running copy operations reliable in the presence of temporary network failures, without requiring any changes to the plugin or the NBD client.

Several optional parameters are available to control:

The default (with no parameters) is designed to offer a happy medium between recovering from short temporary failures but not doing anything too bad when permanent or unrecoverable failures happen.  The default behaviour is: we retry 5 times with exponential back-off, waiting in total about 1 minute before we give up.

Example

In this example we copy and convert a large file using nbdkit-ssh-plugin(1), qemu-img(1) and nbdkit-captive(1).

 nbdkit -U - \
   ssh host=remote.example.com /var/tmp/test.iso \
   --filter=retry \
   --run 'qemu-img convert -p -f raw $nbd -O qcow2 test.qcow2'

Without --filter=retry a temporary failure would cause the copy to fail (for example, the remote host’s firewall is restarted causing the SSH connection to be dropped).  Adding this filter means that it may be possible to transparently recover.

Parameters

retries=N

The number of times any single operation will be retried before we give up and fail the operation.  The default is 5.

retry-delay=N

The number of seconds to wait before retrying.  The default is 2 seconds.

retry-exponential=yes

Use exponential back-off.  The retry delay is doubled between each retry.  This is the default.

retry-exponential=no

Do not use exponential back-off.  The retry delay is the same between each retry.

retry-readonly=yes

As soon as a failure occurs, switch the underlying plugin to read-only mode for the rest of this connection.  (A new NBD client connection will still open the plugin in the original mode.)

retry-readonly=no

Do not change the read-write/read-only mode of the plugin when retrying.  This is the default.

Files

$filterdir/nbdkit-retry-filter.so

The filter.

Use nbdkit --dump-config to find the location of $filterdir.

Version

nbdkit-retry-filter first appeared in nbdkit 1.16.

See Also

nbdkit(1), nbdkit-filter(3), nbdkit-readahead-filter(1).

Authors

Richard W.M. Jones

License

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY RED HAT AND CONTRIBUTORS ''AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL RED HAT OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Referenced By

nbdkit(1), nbdkit-captive(1), nbdkit-curl-plugin(1), nbdkit-filter(3), nbdkit-readahead-filter(1), nbdkit-release-notes-1.16(1), nbdkit-release-notes-1.18(1), nbdkit-ssh-plugin(1), nbdkit-vddk-plugin(1).

2020-03-20 nbdkit-1.19.4 NBDKIT