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From Gary Tully <>
Subject Re: Understanding the Exclusive Consumer
Date Wed, 21 Apr 2010 17:12:35 GMT
exclusive consumer is a simple solution to the case where there are many
consumers but only one should be active at any time. Rather than some
application logic keeping track of which one should be active, they all have
a go and the broker ensures exclusive access.

So each consumer connects but only one of them gets the exclusive lock and
gets the messages. When it dies, the next consumer in line gets the
messages. If effectively allows consumers to stack waiting for the current
consumer to die.

On 21 April 2010 16:35, TonyTobin <> wrote:

> In the ActiveMQ doc it
> states
> The broker will pick a single MessageConsumer to get all the messages for a
> queue to ensure ordering. If that consumer fails, the broker will auto
> failover and choose another consumer.
> Is this a consumer master slave relationship, the broker will send all
> messages to the designated consumer, and the consumer passes the messages
> onto the other consumers. Or does the broker send the messages to all the
> consumers, but only one consumer acknowledges them,  so if that consumer
> dies the other consumer can then pick up where the first consumer died.
> If there is a link that covers Queue consumer clusters in more depth, I
> would be grateful if you could post it.
> Thanks Tony
> Thanks Tony
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