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Nifi executeprocess does not generate realtime data


Hi, i have questions. I'm followed the REALTIME EVENT PROCESSING IN HADOOP WITH NIFI, KAFKA AND STORM and got stuck. Why execute process in Nifi does not generate realtime data although i can execute /root/iot-truck-streaming/stream-simulator/ from shell. I used the template in that tutorial and also i followed that tutorial.

Another is why i use template from ANALYZE TRAFFIC PATTERNS WITH APACHE NIFI . I can run it. But i don't see the exact output file in output folder. I just can see "trafficLocs_data_for_simulator.zip_raw=true" file in output folder although i have waited for long time.




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I followed the tutorial once again and found what caused this.

The tutorial instructs to install NiFi via Ambari. Then the NiFi process is started by 'nifi' user on sandbox.

On the other hand, it instructs to clone the 'iot-truck-streaming' project from github, under 'root' home directory (/root).

So, even if we add execute permission to the sh file, nifi user can't access anything under /root directory.

Copying /root/iot-truck-streaming dir to /home/nifi would be a work-around:

# ssh into sandbox with root user, then:
cp -rp /root/iot-truck-streaming /home/nifi

Then, specify:


as 'Command Arguments' on NiFi.

New Contributor

thanks it worked!!

Expert Contributor

Thanks and it helps. Appreciate your support.

New Contributor

@kkawamura i have run

  1. cp -rp /root/iot-truck-streaming /home/nifi and changed the command arg but still after completion of storm deployment there is no data emitted from kafka spout maybe because nifi does not ingest data in kafka. pls help i m stuck on it

New Contributor

@kkawamura i have referred this link for working on kafka and storm and for ingestion in hbase and hive followed following steps of link



Would you share NiFi UI screenshot around data ingestion part? Also, please try the steps explained at the answer on this thread above, "Redirect Error Stream' to capture error output of the process to see what is happening, as shown in the attached image." to see if the have issue.

New Contributor

@kkawamura my nifi service home path is /home/nifi- and i have pasted iot-streaming in /home/nifi this is shown


and also when i gave command arg in execute process /root/iot-truck-streaming, i m able to see nifi data in /root/nifi_output/truck_events. execute-process.png



when i gave command arg in execute process /root/iot-truck-streaming, i m able to see nifi data in /root/nifi_output/truck_events

Does this mean ExecuteProcess was able to run the shell command but output data is written in /root/iot-truck-streaming directory?

The generate shell doesn't need an argument. I haven't tried to pass an argument but IIRC it generates data to its standard output, and NiFi ExecuteProcess will read data from that standard output, then create FlowFiles containing the generated data.

No FlowFile was generated when you only specify the shell path at 'Command Arguments' processor property?

Also, just in case, since 'Batch Duration' is 10 sec, you need to leave ExecuteProcess running at least for 10 sec to see generated FlowFile.