My experience is solely with 0.72. More inline.

On Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM, Eric Sites <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

You can't, not if you only have one partition. Each consumer is
dedicated to a single partition. Unless you deliberately tear down the
consumer and let another take over that partition (if you are using
the high-level consumer).
I don't think you need to do this. The high-level has a API that
allows you to set this timeout (I think).
I think a better design would be to have a basic consumer that drains
the topic and hands jobs to the set of available workers. *Those*
workers perform the long-running job. Only if there are no available
workers does the consumer block. You may be trying to do too much in
the consumer.
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