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From Christopher Shannon <>
Subject Re: Active MQ, Only one of many MessageListeners stuck while reading still causes queue to grow
Date Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:00:39 GMT
What you are seeing is the prefetch setting.  For performance reasons
messages will be dispatched to consumers so that they are waiting on the
client as soon as the client finishes a message.  So those messages that
were sent to the hung consumer will only be released once that consumer
closes.  If you lowered the prefetch value to 1, for example, then messages
would only be sent 1 at a time and the behavior would be what you want but
the trade off would be performance.

You can read more about it here:

On Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 7:22 AM, mathias <> wrote:

> ActiveMQ version 5.10.2
> I have a weird behavior on an ActiveMQ queue i can't understand. Not
> super-good at ActiveMQ so i'm hoping that someone can help out.
> I have a queue, configured in tomcat. I have a MessageListener configured
> through Spring with 3 instances. They basically do an HTTP request, process
> the answer and put the answer on another queue.
> Yesterday, i had connectivity issues, so the (SOAP) requests timed out.
> When
> that happens, I throw a custom exception, catch it in "onMessage" and send
> an error message on the response queue. I can then see that the listener
> took another message off the queue, and then hung. No exception or
> anything.
> Why this happened i'm not sure of, i'm investigating that.
> But here's the strange thing:
> This happened to 2 of my three MessageListeners. They stopped, but my third
> one still reads from the queue. HOWEVER, the queue is growing and the
> queuesize was more than 500 messages before i restarted the server.
> The two listeners that were hung each had a "dispatchedqueuesize" of about
> half of that each.
> So, to me it seems that the messages that were put on the queue become
> "reserved" for each of the listeners, even if they don't actively read from
> the queue. I can see that the "active" listener still process messages, so
> why doesn't it process every message?? I want the listeners to just read
> messages in the order they come in. If only one "is left" it should still
> read every message put on the queue. Why isn't it doing that??
> Pointers much appreciated.
> Spring config for receiving end below:
> <amq:connectionFactory id="refConnectionFactory"
> brokerURL="${}" clientID="theclient"/>
> <bean id="connectionFactory"
> class="org.springframework.jms.connection.CachingConnectionFactory">
>     <constructor-arg ref="refConnectionFactory"/>
>     <property name="sessionCacheSize" value="10"/>
> </bean>
> <bean id="jmsTemplate" class="org.springframework.jms.core.JmsTemplate">
>     <constructor-arg ref="connectionFactory"/>
> </bean>
> <jms:listener-container concurrency="3">
>     <jms:listener id="locationListener" destination="location.out"
> ref="locationQueryListener"/>
> </jms:listener-container>
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