[rabbitmq-discuss] Expired, consumed, but not yet acked - what happens?

Simon MacMullen simon at rabbitmq.com
Wed Jan 29 11:08:26 GMT 2014

On 28/01/14 16:00, Duncan McIntyre wrote:
> What happens if a consumer gets a message and holds on to it for a long
> time (maybe getting more messages afterwards), without closing the
> connection or acking it, and the message passes it's expiry?
> I assume the server just builds up state and starts to slow down. The
> expired messages will only be dropped/dead-lettered once acked or the
> connection dropped.
> Am I correct?


As with other messages, the unacked messages can be paged to disk in 
this scenario though.

Cheers, Simon

Simon MacMullen
RabbitMQ, Pivotal

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