Update Attribute processor Not working after upgrade from version 1.8 to version 1.9.
We recently upgraded our Nifi Cluster from version 1.8 to version 1.9 and we were surprised to see the update attribute processor all going invalid for our existing flows. We had to manually fix the existing flow but this ideally should have been handled with the upgrade .
Is there a way to overcome this ?
A processor will appear with a dashed line around perimeter of the processor box for a couple reasons
1. It is a ghost implementation --> when loading the flow.xml.gz a processor is encountered that uses a custom nar which does not exits in the current NiFi installation.
2. The user logged into the canvas does not have required permissions to view the component.
Based on your description, it does not sound like scenario 2.
The question is why did NiFi 1.9 not find a processor in NiFi 1.9 that used same processor class. Since you upgraded from NiFi 1.8, the update Attribute processor should have referenced the org.apache.nifi.processors.attributes.UpdateAttribute class for version 1.8.x. During an upgrade of NiFi the same identical class would have been found except for a newer version. In this case NiFi would have automatically switched to using the new version.
So this raises two questions:
1. Did you customized version of the updateAttribute processor running in NiFi 1.8?
2. Do you have multiple copies of the same processor class but with different versions loaded in your NiFi 1.9?
I would suggest inspecting the nifi-app.log from the time of startup immediate following the upgrade. If the UpdateAttribute processors was replaced by a "ghost" processor you would see that logged in the nifi-app.log. This log should help to see why it chose to load a ghost processor.
If you found this answer addressed your question, please take a moment to login in and click the "ACCEPT" link.
*** Community Forum Tip: Try to avoid starting a new answer in response to an existing answer. Instead use comments to respond to existing answers. There is no guaranteed order to different answer which can make it hard following a discussion.
I would suggest searching the nifi/work directory for multiple versions of the update-attribute nar bundle. You may have multiple nars of different versions installed. The flow.xml.gz file does contain the specific processor version for each component. When starting NiFi 1.9 using the flow.xml.gz from another NiFi version, the component versions will automatically be updated to the new version only if a single option exists. If you have an updateAttribute-1.8.<custom> and an updateAttribute-1.9.0 version available and the flow.xml.gz has an updateAttribute-1.8.0 then it will not auto-update because there are two options and it does not know which should be used.
My guess here is that your NiFi 1.8.0 contained both the standard 1.8.0 version of the the updateAttribute processor and a custom version of the updateAttribute processor. Then your flow contained updateAttribute components of each,
Then you upgraded to NiFi 1.9.0 which replaced the stock updateAttribute with 1.9.0 and the custom version of Update Attribute processor was also carried over to your NiFi 1.9.0 install.
Thanks Matt. I had a look at the flow.xml file and could see some multiple bundled up versions of the update attribute processor . There was no mention of the custom processor though however we had multiple versions like 1.4 and 1.8. Is there a possibility that we could tweak the flow.xml file and remove these old instances and get the flow.xml uploaded ?
I suspect that you still have multiple versions of the updateAttribute loaded in your new NiFi 1.9.0 install. My guess here is that the updateAttribute-1.4.nar was added to your NIFi 1.8 and NiFi 1.9 as an additional nar manually. Check your nifi.properties file in NiFi 1.9.0 for the every occurrence of "nifi.nar.library.directory". You may find 1 or more. These will be the locations from which your NiFi is loading its nars. Then look in these directories for "nifi-update-attribute-nar" to see if you find multiple versions in use. I am guessing that in your NiFi 1.9.0 you will find a 1.9.0 version of this nar and a 1.4.0 version.
So what happens when the flow.xml.gz file you are using from NiFi 1.8.0 is loaded, you have multiple versions of the updateAttribute processor (1.4 and 1.8). The 1.4 versions load just fine because the 1.4.0 nar still exists; however, there is no 1.8.0 version of the nar. Normally NiFi would auto select the available option, but since there are two options available (1.4 and 1.9 now), NiFi cannot auto select because two options exist and ghost implementation of the 1.8 versions are created requiring the user to manually replace them with the desired version.
So you have two options:
1. Remove the 1.4 nar so only 1.9 version of the nar exists
2. Manually edit the flow.xml.gz file replacing the version number on the 1.8 updateAttribute processors with the new 1.9 version number.
If you did not find multiple nars, then perhaps you are new 1.9 install is using the same old work directory as the original 1.8. NiFi unpacks the nars in the work directory on startup. IN this scenario simply delete everything in the work directory before starting NiFi so it is rebuild form the nars/jars found in the above mention library directories.
Hi Matt , for the existing flow , the "update attribute" processor was in an inconfigurable state i.e it had this dotted line all over it and when I clicked on it it wasnt showing anything. This has happened for all the "update attribute" processors in our flow. For now , we have had to delete this processor and add a new one and add configur it.
We also realize that the new "update attribute" processor has an extra feature with version 1.9 which wasnt available in 1.8. However this should be taken care of automatically with an upgrade.
HI Matt , Thanks for your answer. I am attaching the screen shot below . You can see how just the " Update Attribute" seems to have those dashed lines and is in "invalid" state. I doubt think our developers made any custom change to the update attribute processor. Let me know what you think about this meanwhile I have looked at the app.log and can see this error
You were bang on when you said about the 'Ghost' Implementation. What do you think should be the next steps
-bash-4.2$ cat nifi-app-*.log |grep "Unable to find bundle for coordinate"
Caused by: java.lang.IllegalStateException: Unable to find bundle for coordinate org.apache.nifi:nifi-update-attribute-nar:1.8.0
ERROR [main] o.a.nifi.controller.ExtensionBuilder Could not create Processor of type org.apache.nifi.processors.attributes.UpdateAttribute for ID 629d355f-0167-1000-ffff-ffffbc497b67; creating "Ghost" implementation
Thanks Matt . We edited the flow.xml file and removed the reference to 1.4 Update Attribute bundle from it and used the edited flow file to start Nifi and the issue got fixed. No more ghost Update Attribute Processors.
Thanks alot for all your help and detailed explanation on this,