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Sending signals to a Debezium connector

This feature is currently in incubating state, i.e. exact semantics, configuration options etc. may change in future revisions, based on the feedback we receive. Please let us know if you encounter any problems while using this extension.

Overview

Sometimes it is necessary for the user to modify a connector behaviour or trigger a one-time action (e.g. snapshot of a single table). To fulfill such needs Debezium provides a mechanism how to send a signal to a Debezium connector to trigger an action. As it might be necessary to synchronize such an action with the dataflow the signal is implemented as a write to a data collection.

Signalling is disabled by default. The name of the signalling data collection must be set via connector configuration parameter to enable the function. The signalling data collection must be explictly added among captured data collections.

Table 1. Connector configuration
Parameter Description

signal.data.collection

Fully-qualified name of data collection.
The name format is connector specific, e.g. "some_schema.debezium_signals" in case of the Debezium Postgres connector.

Data collection structure

The signalling data collection must conform to a required format: It must contain three fields; the naming of the fields is arbitrary and only order of the field is important. It is recommended but not mandatory to use the field names as defined in the table below:

Table 2. Signalling data collection structure
Column Type Description

id

string

A unique identifier of this signal instance.
It can be used for logging, debugging or deduplication. Usually an UUID string.

type

string

The type of the signal to be sent.
There are signals common for all connectors or specific to a subset of connectors.

data

string

JSON formatted parameters that are passed to a signal action.
Each signal has its own expected set of data.

Table 3. Example of a signal record
Column Value

id

924e3ff8-2245-43ca-ba77-2af9af02fa07

type

log

data

{"message": "Signal message at offset {}"}

Signal Actions

These signals are common to all connectors

Logging

The type of the logging action is log. It will print a provided message to the log optionally including streaming position.

Table 4. Action parameters
Name Description

message

The string printed to the log.
If a placeholder {} is added to the message it will be replaced with streaming coordinates.

Table 5. Example of a logging record
Column Value

id

924e3ff8-2245-43ca-ba77-2af9af02fa07

type

log

data

{"message": "Signal message at offset {}"}