[lvs-users] in ldirectord.cf, the meaning of 'checkcount' is ambiguous

Robinson, Eric eric.robinson at psmnv.com
Thu Jul 14 09:33:22 BST 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon Horman [mailto:horms at verge.net.au]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:56 PM
> To: Robinson, Eric
> Cc: lvs-users at linuxvirtualserver.org
> Subject: Re: [lvs-users] in ldirectord.cf, the meaning of 'checkcount'
> ambiguous
> On Fri, Jul 08, 2011 at 04:45:17AM -0700, Robinson, Eric wrote:
> > The ldirectord man page states that 'checkcount' only works with
> > checks. Then the next sentence goes on to give an example of
> > being used in conjunction with connectimeout/negotiatetimeout,
> > of which are related to ping checks. Can someone please clarify?
> Hi Eric,
> sorry for not responding earlier.
> I've taken a look at the code (in git) and to be honest I don't
> think that this is my handiwork. But none the less I believe that
> the situation is:
> * checkcount only applies to ping.
>   There is a loop in the ping check that will try
>   ping up to checkcount times, breaking out of the loop
>   if a ping is successful
> * checkcount is deprecated in favour of failurecount
> * failurecount works similarly to checkcount, except that it
>   it operates at a higher level and applies to all types of checks
> * It appears that specifying both failurecount and checkcount would
>   a multiplier effect, though only for ping checks
> I will fix up the sample ldirectord.cf to make use of failurecount
> instead of checkcount.

That's delightful, Horms, thanks for the clarification. I don't think my
version of ldirectord has the failurecount option. It's been in
production since 2006 and is currently managing about 900 virtual
services. I've never wanted to mess with it much, considering that it
has worked very well for us. The failurecount option may be adequate


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