[jboss-user] [JBossMQ] - Re: Singleton MDB and FIFO on retry/rollback

adrian@jboss.org do-not-reply at jboss.com
Tue Sep 30 12:17:29 EDT 2008

It is virtually impossible for a JMS to guarantee this behaviour and still be efficient.

The problem comes because a rollback/retry maybe initiated at some later date
by the transaction manager for in-doubt transactions.

The in-doubt transaction could be in an unfinished state because another branch
of the XA transaction (e.g. database updates) may not be able to proceed
through the commit stage (e.g. the database has crashed and needs recovering).

This is not an issue unique to JBoss, e.g.
which also identifies some of the other pitfalls which presumably you're less likely to
make since they are more under your control. ;-)

Having said that, it can be done and there a feature request for it:
so you can vote for it.

The main issue with this solution (don't deliver any other message
to clients until you get an ACK from the one message that is allowed to be delivered)
is that any in doubt XA transaction would have to be resolved
in order to resume message delivery and there is increased latency
for normal message delivery.

If you want to implement it yourself then the MDB has to be aware of the order
and NACK/rollback message deliveries that appear out of order.
Again not very efficient, and not that easy to do across redeploys of the MDB
without persisting the lastest order number somewhere.

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