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  2. CAMEL-5055

Offer a way to not set a transaction manager in camel-jms



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      The following sample Spring config sets up a camel-activemq component

      <bean id="activemq" class="org.apache.activemq.camel.component.ActiveMQComponent"> 
           <property name="configuration" ref="jmsConfigAmq" />
        <bean id="jmsConfigAmq" class="org.apache.activemq.camel.component.ActiveMQConfiguration" >
            <property name="connectionFactory" ref="jmsPooledConnectionFactory" /> 
            <property name="transacted" value="true"/> 
            <!--  <property name="transactionManager" ref="jmsTransactionManager" />  -->
            <property name="cacheLevelName" value="CACHE_CONSUMER"/>
        <bean id="jmsTransactionManager" class="org.springframework.jms.connection.JmsTransactionManager">
          <property name="connectionFactory" ref="jmsPooledConnectionFactory" />
        <bean id="jmsConnectionFactory" class="org.apache.activemq.ActiveMQConnectionFactory"> 
          <property name="brokerURL" value="tcp://localhost:61617" /> 
          <property name="watchTopicAdvisories" value="false" />
         <bean id="jmsPooledConnectionFactory" class="org.apache.activemq.pool.PooledConnectionFactory" >
            <property name="maxConnections" value="1"/>
            <property name="connectionFactory" ref="jmsConnectionFactory"/>

      The ActiveMQConfiguration sets transacted=true and configures for a JmsTransactionManager. Also, a PooledConnectionFactory is used.
      The config for a camel-jms component would be similar.

      The Spring JMS javadoc on AbstractPollingMessageListenerContainer.setTransactionManager states:

      Note: Consider the use of local JMS transactions instead. Simply switch the "sessionTransacted" flag to "true" in order to use a locally transacted JMS Session for the entire receive processing, including any Session operations performed by a SessionAwareMessageListener (e.g. sending a response message).

      It basically advises to only set transacted=true and don't specify a TX manager. The benefit of doing so is that the cacheLevel setting will be honored when using local transactions without a configured TX manager. When a TX manager is configured, no caching happens at DMLC level and its necessary to rely on a pooled connection factory. This is discussed here.

      However right now its not possible to configure the cameljms or camel-activemq component to not use an external TX manager when transacted=true is set.
      Even when setting lazyCreateTransactionManager=false.
      In case of camel-activemq, it still creates a default JmsTransactionManager:

      public PlatformTransactionManager getTransactionManager() {
        PlatformTransactionManager answer = super.getTransactionManager();
        if (isTransacted() && answer == null) {
          // lets auto-default the transaction manager if its not specified
          answer = createTransactionManager();
          answer = getTransactionManager();
        return answer;

      In case of camel-jms it throws an exception:

      PlatformTransactionManager tm = getTransactionManager();
      if (tm != null) {
      } else if (transacted) {
        throw new IllegalArgumentException("Property transacted is enabled but a transactionManager was not injected!");

      We should allow for using transactions in camel-jms and camel-activemq without setting an external TX manager.


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              bvahdat Babak Vahdat
              tmielke Torsten Mielke
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