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From Neha Narkhede <neha.narkh...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Can't connect to a server if not enough partitions
Date Thu, 09 May 2013 05:57:23 GMT
I think this error message is somewhat misleading since we create topic on
the first metadata request. It is complaining that a topic with the
required replication factor cannot be created if there aren't enough
brokers to satisfy the replication factor. This is expected behavior
whether you use auto creation of topics or manual creation. However, the
metadata requests will always give you correct information about existing
topics.

Thanks,
Neha


On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM, Jason Rosenberg <jbr@squareup.com> wrote:

> With 0.8.0, I'm seeing that an initial metadata request fails, if the
> number of running brokers is fewer than the configured replication factor:
>
> 877 [kafka-request-handler-0] ERROR kafka.server.KafkaApis  -
> [KafkaApi-1946108683] Error while retrieving topic metadata
> kafka.admin.AdministrationException: replication factor: 2 larger than
> available brokers: 1
> at kafka.admin.AdminUtils$.assignReplicasToBrokers(AdminUtils.scala:62)
> at kafka.admin.CreateTopicCommand$.createTopic(CreateTopicCommand.scala:92)
> at
>
> kafka.server.KafkaApis$$anonfun$handleTopicMetadataRequest$1.apply(KafkaApis.scala:409)
> at
>
> kafka.server.KafkaApis$$anonfun$handleTopicMetadataRequest$1.apply(KafkaApis.scala:401)
> at scala.collection.immutable.Set$Set1.foreach(Set.scala:81)
> at kafka.server.KafkaApis.handleTopicMetadataRequest(KafkaApis.scala:400)
> at kafka.server.KafkaApis.handle(KafkaApis.scala:61)
> at kafka.server.KafkaRequestHandler.run(KafkaRequestHandler.scala:41)
> at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:680)
>
> However, if after connecting, the number of brokers goes down, producing
> clients have no problems continuing sending messages, etc.
>
> So, I thought the idea was that once a replica becomes available, it will
> be caught up with messages it might have missed, etc.  This is good because
> it makes doing things like rolling restarts of the brokers possible, etc.
>  But it's a problem if a rolling restart happens at the same time a new
> client is coming online to try and initialize a connection.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Shouldn't the requirements be the same for initial connections as ongoing
> connections?
>
> Jason
>

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