kafka spout can't connect to kafka topic


April 2019


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I'm trying to connect a KafkaSpout belonging to a storm topology running on a LocalCluster object. I wrote this code according to the documentation I found on https://github.com/apache/storm/tree/master/external/storm-kafka.

 private static final String brokerZkStr = "localhost:2181";
private static final String topic = "/test-topic-multi";

public void startTopology()

    BrokerHosts hosts = new ZkHosts(brokerZkStr);
    SpoutConfig conf = new SpoutConfig(hosts, topic, "localhost:2181", UUID

    KafkaSpout kafkaSput = new KafkaSpout(conf);

    TopologyBuilder builder = new TopologyBuilder();

    builder.setSpout("kafka-spout", kafkaSput);

    Config topConfig = new Config();

    LocalCluster cluster = new LocalCluster();
    cluster.submitTopology("HelloStorm", topConfig , builder.createTopology());

I want to use a zookeeper instance running at localhost:2181 but when a try to run the code I get the following error:

  java.lang.RuntimeException: java.lang.RuntimeException: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Invalid path string "/brokers/topics//test-topic-multi/partitions" caused by empty node name specified @16
at storm.kafka.DynamicBrokersReader.getBrokerInfo(DynamicBrokersReader.java:81)
at storm.kafka.trident.ZkBrokerReader.<init>(ZkBrokerReader.java:42)
at storm.kafka.KafkaUtils.makeBrokerReader(KafkaUtils.java:57)
at storm.kafka.KafkaSpout.open(KafkaSpout.java:87)

It seems to be just a problem of wrong settings but I can't solve it

PS Kafka configuration is the following: 1 instance of Zookeeper and 2 brokers running on localhost:9092 and localhost:9093

2 answers


I think I solve it. I just messed up with the configuration code. The correct one is:

private static final String topic = "test-topic-multi";
SpoutConfig conf = new SpoutConfig(hosts, topic, "/" + topic, UUID

Your kafka topic name is not valid. Why are you attempting to connect to a topic which does not exist?

[email protected]:~$ kafka-topics.sh --create --zookeeper localhost:2181 --replication-factor 1 --partitions 1 --topic /test-topic
Error while executing topic command topic name /test-topic is illegal, contains a character other than ASCII alphanumerics, '.', '_' and '-'
kafka.common.InvalidTopicException: topic name /test-topic is illegal, contains a character other than ASCII alphanumerics, '.', '_' and '-'
    at kafka.common.Topic$.validate(Topic.scala:42)
    at kafka.admin.AdminUtils$.createOrUpdateTopicPartitionAssignmentPathInZK(AdminUtils.scala:181)
    at kafka.admin.AdminUtils$.createTopic(AdminUtils.scala:172)
    at kafka.admin.TopicCommand$.createTopic(TopicCommand.scala:93)
    at kafka.admin.TopicCommand$.main(TopicCommand.scala:55)
    at kafka.admin.TopicCommand.main(TopicCommand.scala)

Are you really sure the front-slash belongs to the topic name?