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Chapter 25. Queue Attributes

25.1. Predefined Queues
25.2. Using the API
25.3. Configuring Queues Via Address Settings

Queue attributes can be set in one of two ways. Either by configuring them using the configuration file or by using the core API. This chapter will explain how to configure each attribute and what effect the attribute has.

Queues can be predefined via configuration at a core level or at a JMS level. Firstly lets look at a JMS level.

The following shows a queue predefined in the hornetq-jms.xml configuration file.

<queue name="selectorQueue">
      <entry name="/queue/selectorQueue"/>
      <selector string="color='red'"/>

This name attribute of queue defines the name of the queue. When we do this at a jms level we follow a naming convention so the actual name of the core queue will be jms.queue.selectorQueue.

The entry element configures the name that will be used to bind the queue to JNDI. This is a mandatory element and the queue can contain multiple of these to bind the same queue to different names.

The selector element defines what JMS message selector the predefined queue will have. Only messages that match the selector will be added to the queue. This is an optional element with a default of null when omitted.

The durable element specifies whether the queue will be persisted. This again is optional and defaults to true if omitted.

Secondly a queue can be predefined at a core level in the hornetq-configuration.xml file. The following is an example.

   	<queue name="jms.queue.selectorQueue">
   	    <filter string="color='red'"/>

This is very similar to the JMS configuration, with 3 real differences which are.

Queues can also be created using the core API or the management API.

For the core API, queues can be created via the org.hornetq.api.core.client.ClientSession interface. There are multiple createQueue methods that support setting all of the previously mentioned attributes. There is one extra attribute that can be set via this API which is temporary. setting this to true means that the queue will be deleted once the session is disconnected.

Take a look at Chapter 30, Management for a description of the management API for creating queues.

There are some attributes that are defined against an address wildcard rather than a specific queue. Here an example of an address-setting entry that would be found in the hornetq-configuration.xml file.

    <address-setting match="jms.queue.exampleQueue">

The idea with address settings, is you can provide a block of settings which will be applied against any adresses that match the string in the match attribute. In the above example the settings would only be applied to any addresses which exactly match the address jms.queue.exampleQueue, but you can also use wildcards to apply sets of configuration against many addresses. The wildcard syntax used is described here.

For example, if you used the match string jms.queue.# the settings would be applied to all addresses which start with jms.queue. which would be all JMS queues.

The meaning of the specific settings are explained fully throughout the user manual, however here is a brief description with a link to the appropriate chapter if available.

max-delivery-attempts defines how many time a cancelled message can be redelivered before sending to the dead-letter-address. A full explanation can be found here.

redelivery-delay defines how long to wait before attempting redelivery of a cancelled message. see here.

expiry-address defines where to send a message that has expired. see here.

last-value-queue defines whether a queue only uses last values or not. see here.

max-size-bytes and page-size-bytes are used to set paging on an address. This is explained here.

redistribution-delay defines how long to wait when the last consumer is closed on a queue before redistributing any messages. see here.

send-to-dla-on-no-route. If a message is sent to an address, but the server does not route it to any queues, for example, there might be no queues bound to that address, or none of the queues have filters that match, then normally that message would be discarded. However if this parameter is set to true for that address, if the message is not routed to any queues it will instead be sent to the dead letter address (DLA) for that address, if it exists.

address-full-policy. This attribute can have one of the following values: PAGE, DROP or BLOCK and determines what happens when an address where max-size-bytes is specified becomes full. The default value is PAGE. If the value is PAGE then further messages will be paged to disk. If the value is DROP then further messages will be silently dropped. If the value is BLOCK then client message producers will block when they try and send further messages. See the following chapters for more info Chapter 19, Flow Control, Chapter 24, Paging.