[rabbitmq-discuss] AMQP Field Tables & Short Integers

Gavin M. Roy gavinmroy at gmail.com
Fri Jan 17 00:57:19 GMT 2014

Hi all,

I ran into a small bug in pamqp where it tries to determine the best data type for an AMQP field table when packing data. I found that when I allow it to use a short int value, RabbitMQ can not properly decode it. I just went back and looked at the AMQP errata for field types at http://www.rabbitmq.com/amqp-0-9-1-errata.html#section_3. Seems my mistake was using the AMQP-0-9-1 standard for field types with regard to short integers.

According to that table for 0-9-1, U should indicate a signed 16-bit integer value and s should indicate a short string. These are the values I used, however RabbitMQ chokes on the U.

In looking at the code for the encoder and decoder in Rabbit, I see that s is used for short ints.


And that the AMQP-0-9-1 specified U is not supported at all. Additionally, the 0-9-1 s is only used for short ints. This is mentioned in the remarks.

Will RabbitMQ be staying with the misuse of s for shorts for the foreseeable future? Is there any intention or desire to add the specified U into the decoder and never support s for anything but short-int instead of short-string?


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