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Tracking Subprocess/Remote Tasks

Integrating Airflow with Bash, Spark and other complex operators

Some operators cause "remote" execution, so the connection between the Airflow Operator and subprocess execution has to be established.

Bypassing context of the current Airflow Task Instance into subprocess

Databand will be able to track subprocess/remote process execution in the context of your current Airflow DagRun and TaskInstance if it has the following variables available at the time of execution.

  • AIRFLOW_CTX_DAG_ID - Airflow DAG ID to associate with a run
  • AIRFLOW_CTX_EXECUTION_DATE - execution date to associate with a run
  • AIRFLOW_CTX_TASK_ID - task ID to associate with a run
  • AIRFLOW_CTX_TRY_NUMBER - try_attempt of the current run
  • AIRFLOW_CTX_UID - Airflow instance unique identifier used to distinguish runs performed on different environments

Both JVM And Python SDK supports that parameters

Additionally, subprocess/remote execution should be able to access the Databand service. The following variables or any of the SDK Configuration methods supported by Databand can be used.

  • DBND__CORE__DATABAND_URL - Databand tracker URL
  • DBND__CORE__DATABAND_ACCESS_TOKEN - Databand tracker Access Token
  • DBND__TRACKING - explicitly enables tracking

Note that by default sensitive data like access token will be added to your spark-submit command. To disable this use tracking_spark.provide_databand_service_endpoint option in dbnd_config Airflow connection properties:

    "tracking_spark": {
       "provide_databand_service_endpoint": false

Currently, bypassing execution context in addition to regular tracking is automatically supported for the following operators:

  • EmrAddStepsOperator
  • EmrPySparkOperator
  • DatabricksSubmitRunOperator
  • DataProcPySparkOperator (Ariflow 1)
  • DataprocSubmitJobOperator (Airflow 2+)
  • DataprocSubmitPySparkJobOperator (Airflow 2+)
  • SparkSubmitOperator
  • BashOperator
  • SubDagOperator

For spark-related operators, Databand provides option to configure Spark job with Databand agent and query listener. Please refer to Installing on Spark Cluster for details.

The Databand team is constantly integrating new operators for subprocess metadata tracking. Contact us if you don't see your operator on the list.

Custom Integration

The best way to inject these variables is to use the already built-in mechanism of your Remote Operator if it has any. For example, you can pass these variables to your Spark Operator via:

from dbnd_airflow.utils import get_airflow_instance_uid

        dataproc_pyspark_properties= {
            "spark.env.AIRFLOW_CTX_DAG_ID": "{{dag.dag_id}}",
            "spark.env.AIRFLOW_CTX_EXECUTION_DATE": "{{ds}}",
            "spark.env.AIRFLOW_CTX_TASK_ID": "{{task.task_id}}",
            "spark.env.AIRFLOW_CTX_TRY_NUMBER": "{{ti.try_attempt}}",

            "spark.env.AIRFLOW_CTX_UID": get_airflow_instance_uid(),

             # static variables, can be set on the cluster itself
            "spark.env.DBND__TRACKING": True,
            "spark.env.DBND__CORE__DATABAND_URL": "",
        # ...

If your operator doesn't have a way to provide environment variables in one of the supported formats, you can directly change the command line that you are generating.

from dbnd_airflow.utils import get_airflow_instance_uid

airflow_ctx_uid = get_airflow_instance_uid()
cmd =(f"spark-submit  ...  "
           f"--conf spark.env.AIRFLOW_CTX_DAG_ID={context.dag.dag_id}"
           f"--conf spark.env.AIRFLOW_CTX_EXECUTION_DATE={context.execution_date} "
           f"--conf spark.env.AIRFLOW_CTX_TASK_ID={context.task.task_id} "
           f"--conf spark.env.AIRFLOW_CTX_TRY_NUMBER={context.task_instance.try_attempt} "
           f"--conf spark.env.AIRFLOW_CTX_UID={airflow_ctx_uid}"