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From bendg <>
Subject Messages not being expired onto DLQ
Date Thu, 02 Apr 2009 16:33:37 GMT


There appears to be an issue with expired messages on ActiveMQ version
5.2.0. Expired messages are not immediately moved to the DLQ when they
expire. Instead they remain in the queue until they have exceeded their
expiry date by several minutes AND another message is delivered to the
queue. When these two conditions are met the expired messages are moved to
the DLQ. However, I have been unable to predict with any accuracy exactly
when messages will be moved.

It seems that this issue is covered by, which indicates that the
issue is resolved in version 5.3.0.

Is it possible to obtain a build of version of 5.3.0? When is it due for

I have attempted to use version 4.1 (with the patched web-console) but this
version does not appear to expire messages into the DLQ at all.

Of course, if you have any suggestions as to how I can overcome this
limitation then I would be very grateful.

Unfortunately, this functionality is key to the system I am using and if I
can't overcome it (without resorting to writing a standalone housekeeping
application) I will have to use another broker. This is disappointing as I
have been otherwise very impressed with ActiveMQ.

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