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From Tim Bain <>
Subject Re: ActiveMQ should GC inactive when producers is 0 , even if consumers is > 0
Date Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:10:29 GMT
Kevin probably doesn't want a separate control channel given the volumes
he's been talking about; that would be twice as many destinations to GC.
Just send the "work is done" message via the real queue.

But Tim's absolutely right about setting a message expiration time; either
make 100% sure every message will be consumed (which you give up on if
you're allowing the broker to infer completeness based on inactivity) or
make sure that when they get missed they go quickly into the bit bucket.
To that end, you probably want to use the DiscardingDLQPlugin to keep them
from sitting in the DLQ.

On Feb 2, 2015 6:56 AM, "Timothy Bish" <> wrote:

> On 02/02/2015 08:39 AM, Tim Bain wrote:
>> Also, the most common (I think) broker configuration will auto-create a
>> destination if a client tries to use it and it doesn't exist.  So if you
>> delete the destination while a consumer is still connected, won't the
>> broker just immediately recreate it?  If implemented, would this
>> enhancement actually do what you want?
>> It seems like you need some means for the consumer to figure out that the
>> producer is done and disconnect itself, which would then let the existing
>> destination GC logic work without this enhancement.
>> On Feb 1, 2015 9:29 PM, "artnaseef" <> wrote:
> In this case I'd guess it would be implemented such that the consumer
> would get closed via a ConsumerControl command or more harshly just killing
> the consumer connection but if there were other consumers on that
> connection that could cause all sorts of problems in the users app.  If the
> connection was dropped and the consumer was using failover then it would
> attempt to reconnect and would end up recreating the destination.
> Doing this wouldn't really solve the scenario that the user is attempting
> to solve, that is that a message could arrive after the consumer shuts down
> because as you've guessed the auto create feature would recreate the
> destination for a producer that suddenly appeared and published this
> presumed last second message.  So adding the option to remove the Queue
> even if there are consumers doesn't really solve anything and more likely
> just creates a new set of issues to contend with.
> It'd be better to use some expiry on the messages and probably some
> control channel to tell the consumer that it's work is done and that it is
> safe for it to close.
>  Something has me confused here.  If there is a consumer, why would
>>> messages
>>> sit around unconsumed?
>>> Also, I have trouble understanding why one would want the broker to
>>> remove
>>> a
>>> destination while it has a consumer -- what is the consumer doing with
>>> the
>>> destination then, and what is expected to happen to the consumer?
>>> Also, if messages are sitting in a queue, the queue cannot be GC'ed -
>>> otherwise the broker is losing messages.  A good solution there may be
>>> the
>>> use of message TTLs.
>>> Perhaps a review of the architecture would help to determine the best way
>>> to
>>> fit ActiveMQ and the application to the problem.
>>> BTW, it sounds like the application may have a consumer leak.  Consumers
>>> can
>>> be thought of as the center of purpose for a destination.  A destination
>>> that never has consumers would be a bit-bucket, or worse - a
>>> continually-growing message store.  Consumers that don't expect to
>>> receive
>>> messages cannot be distinguished by ActiveMQ from those that do expect to
>>> receive messages.
>>> Hope this helps.
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