[rabbitmq-discuss] Journaling for RabbitMQ?

Meredith Gregory lgreg.meredith at gmail.com
Thu May 26 21:09:26 BST 2011

Dear Jon,

Thanks! Would that also log when a message was read?

Best wishes,


On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 12:26 PM, Jon Brisbin <jon at jbrisbin.com> wrote:

> I suspect it would take about 30 minutes to create a special journaled
> exchange type that simply logged every message that came through to a log
> file. You'd need to use a custom exchange rather than a built-in version.
> That being said, it would act just like a built-in exchange type. But you
> probably wouldn't want to run something like this in production anyway,
> right?
> Thanks!
> Jon Brisbin
> http//jbrisbin.com
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"Meredith Gregory" <lgreg.meredith at gmail.com>
> *To: *rabbitmq-discuss at lists.rabbitmq.com
> *Sent: *Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:55:20 PM
> *Subject: *[rabbitmq-discuss] Journaling for RabbitMQ?
> Dear Rabbitters,
> i was working with a client recently and they asked whether RabbitMQ had a
> journaling feature. The client was used to working with MSMQ which has such
> a feature and allows them to get a view of queue usage history, such as
> message deposited to queue, message read from queue, etc. The question came
> up in the context of debugging a message processing code path where we
> couldn't readily tell whether the message had been deposited to the queue
> and was being nabbed by a dispatcher faster than we could see or whether the
> message was never arriving at the queue at all. The client observed that
> with a journaling feature there would be no need to introduce more debugging
> statements into application code. So, i'm passing their question along to
> you.
> In this connection i will raise a point i've made before to this community.
> With such a journaling log i can take off-the-shelf tools and probe message
> traces for correctness properties. Specifically, i have already demonstrated
> with a little project called XTrace that with an xml-based message history
> format we can use schema conformance to probe message trace for properties.
> The basic idea is to encode a property as a schema. The beauty of this
> approach is that it is post facto and does not require a specific schema to
> govern message trace history. Rather, an application programmer devises
> schema to investigate the message trace history to look for conformance to
> protocol or validate a guess about where/how things might be going awry.
> i mention this latter point in connection with the client's question to
> amplify the argument for the feature. Their sense of the separation of
> concerns and independent value for RabbitMQ is right on track and only the
> tip of the iceberg of what can be done.
> Best wishes,
> --greg
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