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(ITS#4059) The "nretries" parameter in back-meta configuration

Full_Name: Ali Pouya
Version: 2.3.7
OS: Linux Redhat Advanced Serveur 3
URL: ftp://ftp.openldap.org/incoming/
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The "nretries" parameter is very useful in back-meta configurations with WAN
targets and targets with sophsiticated access paths. 

The man page slapd-meta says this about "nretries" :

    "This directive defines how many times a bind should  be  retried  ... "

I have the following remarks :

1) This is only the number of META_BIND_TIMEOUT wait cycles. There in no "BIND
retry". Only one BIND request is really sent to the target.

2) The default value is not "never" but taken from the META_RETRY_DEFAULT
definition in back-meta.h. This value is 3 in the release 2.3.7 (I modified it
for my own use).

3) In case of failure an ABANDON request is sent to the target. After this the
same number of wait cycles is engaged. Is it really necessary to wait so long
after an ABANDON ?

Thanks for this useful back-end and particularly the recent evolutions.

Best Regards
Ali Pouya