Github user pnowojski commented on the issue:

    https://github.com/apache/flink/pull/4239
  
    Writing records in state would be very costly. It is only a "last resort" 
solution.
    
    > That would imply exactly-once consumers can not read past that 
transaction as long as it is open
    
    Hmmm, are you sure about this thing? That would mean that Kafka doesn't 
support transactional parallel writes from two different process, which would 
be very strange. Could you point to a source of this information? 
    
    Resuming transactions is not a part of `KafkaProducer`'s API, however 
Kafka's REST API allows to do that. However I'm aware that it wasn't an 
intention of the authors to do so. Kafka Streams do not need to do that, 
because they achieve exactly-once semantic by using persistent communication 
channels (Kafka topics), so they can easily restart each operator on it's own 
by replay/rewinding every input channel (Kafka topic). This comes with a cost, 
because it makes communication between operators extremely, since every message 
must goes to HDDs at some point. 


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