The rabbit server is allowed to issue a basicCancel to a consumer. Spring-AMQP should handle this and at minimum allow a user to redeclare queue, bindings and reconsume. See RabbitMQ docoumentation http://www.rabbitmq.com/amqp-0-9-1-quickref.html#basic.cancel.
"It may also be sent from the server to the client in the event of the consumer being unexpectedly cancelled (i.e. cancelled for any reason other than the server receiving the corresponding basic.cancel from the client). This allows clients to be notified of the loss of consumers due to events such as queue deletion."
basicCancel is issued from the broker to consumers in two important cases when using a cluster.
1. When a cluster node goes down, all consumers which were consuming from this queue and not directly connected to the downed node are issued basicCancel. In order to conform to the behavior of consumers which ARE directly connected to the downed node, these consumers must redeclare the queues, bindings and reconsume. Current, in 1.0.1-SNAPSHOT on github, after this node is taken down, all consumers directly connected to this node are automatically reconnected by the CachingConnectionFactory. Consumers not directly connected silently stop consuming. This is a very serious shortcoming and is preventing us from going live with the spring-amqp client.
2. basicCancel is issued from the broker to all consumers of an HA-queue on slave promotion to master. Current, in 1.0.1-SNAPSHOT on github, when a slave is promoted to master, all consumers not directly connected to the master node silently stop consuming. This is currently preventing us from using HA queues in production with the spring-amqp client. We are using spring "java config" and are thus not dependent on the current ongoing development to "Support Rabbit HA".
"Clients that were consuming from the mirrored-queue and support our Consumer Cancellation Notifications extension will receive a notification that their subscription to the mirrored-queue has been abruptly cancelled. At this point they should re-consume from the queue, which will pick up the new master. The reason for sending this notification is that informing clients of the loss of the master is essential: otherwise the client may continue to issue acknowledgements for messages they were sent by the old, failed master, and not expect that they might be about to see the same messages again, this time sent by the new master. Of course, clients that were connected to the failed node will find their connections failed, and will need to reconnect to a surviving node of the cluster."
I forked spring-amqp on github https://github.com/drstevens/spring-amqp/commit/187eb30066ee8125932866756a553d2ac95b2e92 in order to add overload to BlockingQueueConsumer.InternalConsumer.handleCancel. After reproducing, I now get debug logging identifying cancellation by the broker.
11:47:52.018 [AMQP Connection xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:5672] DEBUG o.s.a.r.l.BlockingQueueConsumer - Received cancellation notice for Consumer: tag=[amq.ctag-AcmfdKARPeoy5kA-s-1Lv6], channel=Cached Rabbit Channel: AMQChannel(amqp://firstname.lastname@example.org:5672/,2), acknowledgeMode=AUTO local queue size=0