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  1. Kafka
  2. KAFKA-12879

Compatibility break in Admin.listOffsets()

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      KAFKA-12339 incompatibly changed the semantics of Admin.listOffsets(). Previously it would fail with UnknownTopicOrPartitionException when a topic didn't exist. Now it will (eventually) fail with TimeoutException. It seems this was more or less intentional, even though it would break code which was expecting and handling the UnknownTopicOrPartitionException. A workaround is to use retries=1 and inspect the cause of the TimeoutException, but this isn't really suitable for cases where the same Admin client instance is being used for other calls where retries is desirable.

      Furthermore as well as the intended effect on listOffsets() it seems that the change could actually affect other methods of Admin.

      More generally, the Admin client API is vague about which exceptions can propagate from which methods. This means that it's not possible to say, in cases like this, whether the calling code should have been relying on the UnknownTopicOrPartitionException or not.

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              pnee Philip Nee
              tombentley Tom Bentley
              Randall Hauch Randall Hauch
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