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andy kumar
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I have a multiple consumer listening to a queue and when a message arrives its onMessage() function in invoked. Since there are multiple consumers, each consumer has its own session. The requirement is that the message should be acknowledged only if there is no issues and no exception is thrown...)

AUTO_ACK mode: My understanding is: the message is acknowledged after onMessage completes successfully. If there is an exception in onMessage(), the message will be redelivered.
Client ack: At the end of onMessage(), I explicitly call acknowledge(). In case of error the acknowledge() method will not be called so message will be redelivered.
Transacted Session: I call session.commit() at the end of the onMessage() function, in case of some exception I catch it and call session.rollback and hence the message will be redelivered.

The consumer is ABLE to detect duplicate messages and handle it appropriately. My question is that all the 3 modes are doing the same thing and solving my purpose, so which method is better than the other and why? In short why should I use transacted sessions over client ack or auto mode.
I do not want to use JTA/XA as it is not supported by all jms providers example activeMQ and it will make my application slow.

If my consumer was NOT able to handle duplicate messages, then I understand that the only option I have is to use JTA/XA because all other options can send me the message again which will result in duplicate processing. In JTA/XA also I can get the message again but it would not be considered as duplicate processing as the previous transactions would have been rollbacked.
 
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any inputs from JMS experts?
 
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