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From Benoit Delbosc <bdelb...@nuxeo.com>
Subject How to handle RebalanceInProgressException?
Date Mon, 27 Apr 2020 07:45:15 GMT

I am having a hard time understanding why a Consumer#commitSync can
randomly fail.

Not being able to commit creates duplicates, which I can understand in
failure cases:

- the poll interval is not respected max.poll.interval.ms (300s)

- a consumer is stuck or die -> no heart beat during session.timeout.ms

- a rebalancing cannot be completed within rebalance.timeout.ms (60s)

- Kafka cannot be reached within the default.api.timeout.ms (60s)

- Kafka is itself in failure, for instance, zookeeper is not reachable
zookeeper.session.timeout.ms (6s)

But in "normal" situation I expect that consumers can enter and leave
the group and commit without raising an exception,

this is not what I am seeing using Kafka 4.3.1 (client and server) where
I randomly get commit exception:

CommitFailedException: Commit cannot be completed ... You can address this either by increasing
max.poll.interval.ms or by reducing the maximum size of batches returned in poll() with max.poll.records.

Looking at the code and Jira I see that this exception message can
sometimes be wrong (I traced the last poll invocation was 5s before the
exception) and that there is a fix around this in 4.5.0.
I have upgraded the client code (server are still in 4.3.1) and now I
have a more specific exception:

RebalanceInProgressException: Offset commit cannot be completed since the consumer is undergoing
a rebalance for auto partition assignment. You can try completing the rebalance by calling
poll() and then retry the operation.

I am unsure what to do with that, in my code a consumer commits during a
checkpoint procedure, retrying processing will create duplicate which I
want to avoid,
furthermore calling poll from a checkpoint is weird especially if I have
no guarantee that I can commit the same offset.

My guess is that there is a race condition during rebalancing the
consumer is calling poll and times out (no record), the
onPartitionsAssigned listener is not notified which could explain the
rebalance in progress commit exception.

Am I missing something obvious to avoid this exception, how should it be

Thanks for your help.



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