Error Handling for FDR Ingestion

Errors may occur as Humio is polling FDR data from a feed and ingesting it into a repository.

If Humio cannot pull messages from an SQS queue, such as if there is a network issue, it will continue to attempt to fetch messages with exponential backoff.

If a message can be pulled from the SQS queue, but an issue occurs during the download of data from S3 or during the subsequent ingest, then the message is not deleted.

This means that the message stays on the SQS queue rather than being deleted, as would happen in the case of a successful ingest.

At a later point in time, determined by the visibility timeout of the queue, Humio will pull the message again and retry the download and ingest.

Note that messages on the SQS queue are only retained for 7 days after they have originally been added.

If Humio is not successful in ingesting a message before the retention period is up, then the message is removed from the queue and the data is lost.

If ingest is failing temporarily, for instance due to network issues that lasts a few hours, this is not a big problem, as Humio will just re-attempt ingesting that data at a later point in time.

However, if the problem is persistent, such as if there is a mismatch between the S3 Identifier given by the user and the one indicated by a message, then you will need to take action before the retention period is up or risk losing data.

To help you monitor such issues, the humio/activity package includes a dashboard, which will help you monitor the state of the polling and ingest process.