Copy this from KIP-210 discussion thread:
Note that currently we have two metrics for `skipped-records` on different
1) on the highest level, the thread-level, we have a `skipped-records`,
that records all the skipped records due to deserialization errors.
2) on the lower processor-node level, we have a
`skippedDueToDeserializationError`, that records the skipped records on
that specific source node due to deserialization errors.
So you can see that 1) does not cover any other scenarios and can just be
thought of as an aggregate of 2) across all the tasks' source nodes.
However, there are other places that can cause a record to be dropped, for
1) https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/KAFKA-5784: records could be
dropped due to window elapsed.
2) KIP-210: records could be dropped on the producer side.
3) records could be dropped during user-customized processing on errors.
guozhang Not sure what you mean by "3) records could be dropped during user-customized processing on errors."
Btw: we also drop record with null key and/or value for certain DSL operations. This should be included as well.
KIP: : https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/KAFKA/KIP-274%3A+Kafka+Streams+Skipped+Records+Metrics
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