auto.offset.reset aim to handle failure scenarios when Flume lost the
track of offsets. When Flume is able to successfully consume the
messages it also commits the last processed offset. When failure
happens and <earliest> was set resetting offset would use the last
committed value.
I don't think that always starting from "zero" offset would be
valuable (would result a lot of duplicates). So I assume you would
like to have a recovery scenario. What you can do is setting the
consumer group.id to something new so if kafka still has the messages
- you can check that with command line kafka consumer setting the
--from-beginning argument as kafka by default purges them periodically
- then flume would reset the offset to the effective beginning since
offsets are stored per group.id.

Quoted from Kafka docs
auto.offset.reset - What to do when there is no initial offset in
Kafka or if the current offset does not exist any more on the server
(e.g. because that data has been deleted):

earliest: automatically reset the offset to the earliest offset
latest: automatically reset the offset to the latest offset
none: throw exception to the consumer if no previous offset is found
for the consumer's group
anything else: throw exception to the consumer.


On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM, Ping PW Wang <wpw...@cn.ibm.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I used KafkaSource to consume the messages from Kafka. I found only new
> messages were received while the old existing message not. I tried to use a
> new consumer group and update the parameter "auto.offset.reset = latest" to
> "earliest", but this does not work.
> tier2.sources.source1.kafka.consumer.group.id = test-consumer-group-new
> tier2.sources.source1.kafka.consumer.auto.offset.reset = earliest
> Anyone knows how to make KafkaSource consume the existing messages?
> Thanks a lot for any advice!
> Best Regards,
> Wang Ping (王苹)
> InfoSphere BigInsights, CDL
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