Known Issues in Apache Kafka

Learn about the known issues in Kafka, the impact or changes to the functionality, and the workaround.

CDPD-60862: Rolling restart fails during ZDU when DDL operations are in progress

During a Zero Downtime Upgrade (ZDU), the rolling restart of services that support Data Definition Language (DDL) statements might fail if DDL operations are in progress during the upgrade. As a result, ensure that you do not run DDL statements during ZDU.

The following services support DDL statements:
  • Impala
  • Hive – using HiveQL
  • Spark – using SparkSQL
  • HBase
  • Phoenix
  • Kafka

Data Manipulation Lanaguage (DML) statements are not impacted and can be used during ZDU. Following the successful upgrade, you can resume running DDL statements.

None. Cloudera recommends modifying applications to not use DDL statements for the duration of the upgrade. If the upgrade is already in progress, and you have experienced a service failure, you can remove the DDLs in-flight and resume the upgrade from the point of failure.
CDPD-60489: Jackson-dataformat-yaml 2.12.7 and Snakeyaml 2.0 are not compatible.
You must not use Jackson-dataformat-yaml through the platform for YAML parsing.
OPSAPS-59553: SMM's bootstrap server config should be updated based on Kafka's listeners

SMM does not show any metrics for Kafka or Kafka Connect when multiple listeners are set in Kafka.

SMM cannot identify multiple listeners and still points to bootstrap server using the default broker port (9093 for SASL_SSL). You would have to override bootstrap server URL (hostname:port as set in the listeners for broker) in the following path:

Cloudera Manager > SMM > Configuration > Streams Messaging Manager Rest Admin Server Advanced Configuration Snippet (Safety Valve) for streams-messaging-manager.yaml > Save Changes > Restart SMM.

The offsets.topic.replication.factor property must be less than or equal to the number of live brokers
The offsets.topic.replication.factor broker configuration is now enforced upon auto topic creation. Internal auto topic creation will fail with a GROUP_COORDINATOR_NOT_AVAILABLE error until the cluster size meets this replication factor requirement.
Requests fail when sending to a nonexistent topic with auto.create.topics.enable set to true

The first few produce requests fail when sending to a nonexistent topic with auto.create.topics.enable set to true.

Increase the number of retries in the producer configuration setting retries.
Performance degradation when SSL Is enabled
In some configuration scenarios, significant performance degradation can occur when SSL is enabled. The impact varies depending on your CPU, JVM version, Kafka configuration, and message size. Consumers are typically more affected than producers.
Configure brokers and clients with = SHA1PRNG. It often reduces this degradation drastically, but its effect is CPU and JVM dependent.
OPSAPS-43236: Kafka garbage collection logs are written to the process directory
By default Kafka garbage collection logs are written to the agent process directory. Changing the default path for these log files is currently unsupported.
RANGER-3809: Idempotent Kafka producer fails to initialize due to an authorization failure
Kafka producers that have idempotence enabled require the Idempotent Write permission to be set on the cluster resource in Ranger. If permission is not given, the client fails to initialize and an error similar to the following is thrown:
org.apache.kafka.common.KafkaException: Cannot execute transactional method because we are in an error state
    at org.apache.kafka.clients.producer.internals.TransactionManager.maybeFailWithError(
    at org.apache.kafka.clients.producer.internals.TransactionManager.maybeAddPartition(
    at org.apache.kafka.clients.producer.KafkaProducer.doSend(
    at org.apache.kafka.clients.producer.KafkaProducer.send(
    at org.apache.kafka.clients.producer.KafkaProducer.send(
Caused by: org.apache.kafka.common.errors.ClusterAuthorizationException: Cluster authorization failed.
Idempotence is enabled by default for clients in Kafka 3.0.1, 3.1.1, and any version after 3.1.1. This means that any client updated to 3.0.1, 3.1.1, or any version after 3.1.1 is affected by this issue.
This issue has two workarounds, do either of the following:
  • Explicitly disable idempotence for the producers. This can be done by setting enable.idempotence to false.
  • Update your policies in Ranger and ensure that producers have Idempotent Write permission on the cluster resource.
CDPD-45183: Kafka Connect active topics might be visible to unauthorised users
The Kafka Connect active topics endpoint (/connectors/[***CONNECTOR NAME***]/topics) and the Connect Cluster page on the SMM UI disregard the user permissions configured for the Kafka service in Ranger. As a result, all active topics of connectors might become visible to users who do not have permissions to view them. Note that user permission configured for Kafka Connect in Ranger are not affected by this issue and are correctly applied.
CDPD-29307: Kafka producer entity stays in incomplete state in Atlas
Atlas creates incomplete Kafka client entities that are postfixed with the metadata namespace.
CDPD-49304: AvroConverter does not support composite default values
AvroConverter cannot handle schemas containing a STRUCT type default value.
DBZ-4990: The Debezium Db2 Source connector does not support schema evolution
The Debezium Db2 Source connector does not support the evolution (updates) of schemas. In addition, schema change events are not emitted to the schema change topic if there is a change in the schema of a table that is in capture mode. For more information, see DBZ-4990.
CFM-3532: The Stateless NiFi Source, Stateless NiFi Sink, and HDFS Stateless Sink connectors cannot use Snappy compression
This issue only affects Stateless NiFi Source and Sink connectors if the connector is running a dataflow that uses a processor that uses Hadoop libraries and is configured to use Snappy compression. The HDFS Stateless Sink connector is only affected if the Compression Codec or Compression Codec for Parquet properties are set to SNAPPY.
If you are affected by this issue, errors similar to the following will be present in the logs.
Failed to write to HDFS due to java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: org.apache.hadoop.util.NativeCodeLoader.buildSupportsSnappy()
Failed to write to HDFS due to java.lang.RuntimeException: native snappy library not available: this version of libhadoop was built without snappy support.
Download and deploy missing libraries.
  1. Create the /opt/nativelibs directory.
    mkdir /opt/nativelibs
  2. Change the owner to kafka.
    chown kafka:kafka /opt/nativelibs
  3. Locate the directory containing the Hadoop native libraries and copy its contents to the directory you created.
    cp /opt/cloudera/parcels/CDH/lib/hadoop/lib/native/* /opt/nativelibs
  4. Verify that was copied to the directory you created.
  5. Remove the following from /opt/nativelibs.
  6. Run the following command.
    hadoop version

    The command returns the Hadoop version running in the cluster. Note down the first three digits in the version.

  7. Go to and download the Hadoop version that matches the first three digits of the version running in the cluster.

    For example, if your Hadoop version is, then you need to download Hadoop 3.1.1.

  8. Extract the downloaded archive.
  9. Copy the following libraries from the downloaded archive to /opt/nativelibs on the cluster host.

    The libraries are located in hadoop-[***VERSION***]/lib/native.

  10. Create a symlink named and point it to /opt/nativelibs/
    ln -s /opt/nativelibs/ /opt/nativelibs/
  11. Change the owner of every entry within /opt/nativelibs to kafka.
    chown -h kafka:kafka /opt/nativelibs/*
  12. In Cloudera Manager, go to Kafka service > Configuration.
  13. Add the following key-value pair to Kafka Connect Environment Advanced Configuration Snippet (Safety Valve).
    • Value: /opt/nativelibs
  14. Click Save Changes.
  15. Restart the Kafka service.
OPSAPS-69481: Some Kafka Connect metrics missing from Cloudera Manager due to conflicting definitions
The metric definitions for kafka_connect_connector_task_metrics_batch_size_avg and kafka_connect_connector_task_metrics_batch_size_max in recent Kafka CSDs conflict with previous definitions in other CSDs. This prevents Cloudera Manager from registering these metrics. It also results in SMM returning an error. The metrics also cannot be monitored in Cloudera Manager chart builder or queried using the Cloudera Manager API.
Contact Cloudera support for a workaround.

Unsupported Features

The following Kafka features are not supported in Cloudera Data Platform:
  • Only Java and .Net based clients are supported. Clients developed with C, C++, Python, and other languages are currently not supported.
  • The Kafka default authorizer is not supported. This includes setting ACLs and all related APIs, broker functionality, and command-line tools.
  • SASL/SCRAM is only supported for delegation token based authentication. It is not supported as a standalone authentication mechanism.
  • Kafka KRaft in this release of Cloudera Runtime is in technical preview and does not support the following:
    • Deployments with multiple log directories. This includes deployments that use JBOD for storage.
    • Delegation token based authentication.
    • Migrating an already running Kafka service from ZooKeeper to KRaft.
    • Atlas Integration.


Collection of Partition Level Metrics May Cause Cloudera Manager’s Performance to Degrade

If the Kafka service operates with a large number of partitions, collection of partition level metrics may cause Cloudera Manager's performance to degrade.

If you are observing performance degradation and your cluster is operating with a high number of partitions, you can choose to disable the collection of partition level metrics.
Complete the following steps to turn off the collection of partition level metrics:
  1. Obtain the Kafka service name:
    1. In Cloudera Manager, Select the Kafka service.
    2. Select any available chart, and select Open in Chart Builder from the configuration icon drop-down.
    3. Find $SERVICENAME= near the top of the display.
      The Kafka service name is the value of $SERVICENAME.
  2. Turn off the collection of partition level metrics:
    1. Go to Hosts > Hosts Configuration.
    2. Find and configure the Cloudera Manager Agent Monitoring Advanced Configuration Snippet (Safety Valve) configuration property.
      Enter the following to turn off the collection of partition level metrics:
      Replace [KAFKA_SERVICE_NAME] with the service name of Kafka obtained in step 1. The service name should always be in lower case.
    3. Click Save Changes.