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Currently, ConsoleConsumer does not allow a negative offset to support `tail -n` feature. However, it's convenient to quickly check the last N messages for a partition when debugging. 

For better user experience, it would be nice to add `tail -n` capability for ConsoleConsumer.

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Proposed Changes

Currently, three valid types of values for `offsets` option in ConsoleConsumer include:

  • earliest (ignoring case): reading from the earliest offset
  • latest (ignoring case): reading from the latest offset
  • non-negative number: reading from the specified offset

To support `tail -n`, a fourth valid type of value is added:

  • negative number (-N): reading from the "log end offset - N" offset. Take some for example, -1 means reading the last committed message; -2 means reading the last 2 messages and so on.

Similar to `tail -n`, the consumer will seek to the earliest offset if an extremely small negative value is specified.

Compatibility, Deprecation, and Migration Plan


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