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From "Jay Kreps (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (KAFKA-657) Add an API to commit offsets
Date Thu, 03 Jan 2013 21:02:12 GMT

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Jay Kreps commented on KAFKA-657:
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Yeah that is the right place for a new config. It is worth discussing the name as part of
the review since this ends up being kind of part of our "api" to the operator.

I would just skip storing the metadata for now (i.e. just throw it away). If we make the change
in zk we need a script to grandfather from the old format to the new format. Since we will
need a conversion script when we move off zk anyway it makes sense to avoid two conversions
for users (one to add the metadata, and another to move off zk).
                
> Add an API to commit offsets
> ----------------------------
>
>                 Key: KAFKA-657
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/KAFKA-657
>             Project: Kafka
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Jay Kreps
>              Labels: project
>         Attachments: KAFKA-657v1.patch, KAFKA-657v2.patch, KAFKA-657v3.patch, KAFKA-657v4.patch,
KAFKA-657v5.patch, KAFKA-657v6.patch, KAFKA-657v7.patch
>
>
> Currently the consumer directly writes their offsets to zookeeper. Two problems with
this: (1) This is a poor use of zookeeper, and we need to replace it with a more scalable
offset store, and (2) it makes it hard to carry over to clients in other languages. A first
step towards accomplishing that is to add a proper Kafka API for committing offsets. The initial
version of this would just write to zookeeper as we do today, but in the future we would then
have the option of changing this.
> This api likely needs to take a sequence of consumer-group/topic/partition/offset entries
and commit them all.
> It would be good to do a wiki design on how this would work and consensus on that first.

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