[rabbitmq-discuss] Protection against slow consumers

Christian Legnitto clegnitto at mozilla.com
Mon Nov 1 18:41:35 GMT 2010

There is not something like http://activemq.apache.org/slow-consumer-handling.html for Rabbit. You can sort of approximate it with a maintenance script that sweeps through and drains messages from a queue depending on a heuristic of your choice.

We are interested in something like this too (see my message titled "Missing features making me look at moving off RabbitMQ" to the list).


On Nov 1, 2010, at 9:33 AM, jiri at krutil.com wrote:

> Hi Emile
>> I assume you have subscribers each set up with their own queue and binding.
> Yes, each subscriber uses an exclusive auto-delete queue bound to the exchange.
>> In this case I would expect long queues associated with slow subscribers to be persisted to disk automatically. This prevents RAM pressure, which the broker attempts to relieve by blocking producers.
> I see what you mean, but what if the subscriber uses a large prefetch buffer and consumes without ever acking?
> Also, even if long queues get persisted to disk, this consumes resources and the queues can't grow forever.
> Is there no way how can we limit the queue size or message time to live?
>> This assumes that you are running version 2.0.0 or later.
> We are running RabbitMQ 2.1.0.
> Cheers
> Jiri
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