cchighman commented on pull request #28841:

   With_startingOffsetByTimestamp_, you have the ability to indicate start/end 
offsets per topic such as TopicA or TopicB.  If this concept were applied to a 
file data source with the underlying intent that each file name represented a 
topic, problems begin to emerge.  For example, if there are multiple files, 
they would have different file names,  different file names may imply a new 
   This would mean a naming convention would have to be followed if you were 
reading from a file data source by _path_ since that path could have different 
file names...or topics...and you couldn't consider the whole as one stream.

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