David, you could see that error message when the Kafka broker is not
running.

Give the quick start a shot
http://kafka.apache.org/documentation.html#quickstart and make sure that
everything is working end to end with a producer and consumer and then hook
up your code for first pass to help eliminate causes.

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On Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM, David Williams <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>wrote:
 
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