Known Issues in Apache Atlas

Learn about the known issues in Atlas, the impact or changes to the functionality, and the workaround.

CDPD-43058: Entities created through Hook do not get consumed by Atlas and are specifically observed while running the HDFS Lineage script.
Once the process to run the script is completed, it is seen that in a few instances the entity is not created in Atlas. This scenario is observed on an intermittent basis and few entities are not viewed in Atlas. In the case where this issue is observed, the publishing of messages to Kafka topics consumes more than three seconds.
This additional time consumption could be because of:
  • Logging into Kerberos took more time to complete
  • Connecting to Kafka topic took more than three seconds
The Async message processing (atlas.notification.hook.asynchronous) must be disabled.

You must manually set this flag in /etc/atlas/conf/ to false.

CDPD-50239: The 'ATLAS_ENTITY_AUDIT_EVENTS' table increases its size considerably causing the disk space to shrink to a larger extent.
There are certain columns of the tables that are not configured to remove the old data that can cause disk to run out of space. For more information, see the section Audit enhancements in the mainline Atlas documentation for Cloudera Runtime 7.1.8 version.
CDPD-29307: Atlas creates incomplete Kafka client entities that are postfixed with the metadata namespace.
CDPD-19358: "IsIndexable"and "isOptional" value of a typedef's attribute is modified post migration.
CDPD-22799: Apache Atlas displays 503 service unavailable on transparent proxy setup.
In the following file /opt/cloudera/parcels/CDH-<%version%>/lib/atlas/server/webapp/atlas/WEB-INF/web.xml delete DOCTYPE tag, and replace web-app tag with following: <web-app xmlns="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="" version="2.5">
OPSAPS-58348: The user name HTTP is not found in Atlas logs
You must disable the Atlas metrics configuration from Cloudera Manager UI.
CDPD-19996: Atlas AWS S3 metadata extractor fails when High Availability is configured for IDBroker.
If you have the HA configured for IDBroker, ensure that your cluster has only one IDBroker address in core-site.xml. If your cluster has two IDBroker addresses in core-site.xml, remove one of them, and the extractor must be able to retrieve the token from IDBroker.
CDPD-5542: AWS S3 Bulk and Incremental Extraction is currently not supported on 7.1.5.
CDPD-17355: Atlas AWS extraction issue due to KeyError: 'entities'.
AWS S3 extraction does not happen as the is missing from the host.
In the Ozone Atlas integration, only the Spark-Atlas connector is failing.
Running the Spark query through the Ozone path, an incomplete entity is created.
CDPD-12668: Navigator Spark lineage can fail to render in Atlas
As part of content conversion from Navigator to Atlas, the conversion of some spark applications created a cyclic lineage reference in Atlas, which the Atlas UI fails to render. The cases occur when a Spark application uses data from a table and updates the same table.
CDPD-11941: Table creation events missed when multiple tables are created in the same Hive command
When multiple Hive tables are created in the same database in a single command, the Atlas audit log for the database may not capture all the table creation events. When there is a delay between creation commands, audits are created as expected.
CDPD-11940: Database audit record misses table delete
When a hive_table entity is created, the Atlas audit list for the parent database includes an update audit. However, at this time, the database does not show an audit when the table is deleted.
CDPD-11790: Simultaneous events on the Kafka topic queue can produce duplicate Atlas entities
In normal operation, Atlas receives metadata to create entities from multiple services on the same or separate Kafka topics. In some instances, such as for Spark jobs, metadata to create a table entity in Atlas is triggered from two separate messages: one for the Spark operation and a second for the table metadata from HMS. If the process metadata arrives before the table metadata, Atlas creates a temporary entity for any tables that are not already in Atlas and reconciles the temporary entity with the HMS metadata when the table metadata arrives.
However, in some cases such as when Spark SQL queries with the write.saveAsTable function, Atlas does not reconcile the temporary and final table metadata, resulting in two entities with the same qualified name and no lineage linking the table to the process entity.
This issue is not seen for other lineage queries from spark:
create table default.xx3 as select * from default.xx2
insert into yy2 select * from yy
insert overwrite table ww2 select * from ww1
Another case where this behavior may occur is when many REST API requests are sent at the same time.
CDPD-11692: Navigator table creation time not converted to Atlas
In converting content from Navigator to Atlas, the create time for Hive tables is not moved to Atlas.
CDPD-11338: Cluster names with upper case letters may appear in lower case in some process names
Atlas records the cluster name as lower case in qualifiedNames for some process names. The result is that the cluster name may appear in lower case for some processes (insert overwrite table) while it appears in upper case for other queries (ctas) performed on the same cluster.
CDPD-10576: Deleted Business Metadata attributes appear in Search Suggestions
Atlas search suggestions continue to show Business Metadata attributes even if the attributes have been deleted.
CDPD-10574: Suggestion order doesn't match search weights
At this time, the order of search suggestions does not honor the search weight for attributes.
CDPD-9095: Duplicate audits for renaming Hive tables
Renaming a Hive table results in duplicate ENTITY_UPDATE events in the corresponding Atlas entity audits, both for the table and for its columns.
CDPD-7982: HBase bridge stops at HBase table with deleted column family
Bridge importing metadata from HBase fails when it encounters an HBase table for which a column family was previously dropped. The error indicates:
Metadata service API org.apache.atlas.AtlasClientV2$API_V2@58112bc4 failed with status 404 (Not Found) Response Body 
({""errorCode"":""ATLAS-404-00-007"",""errorMessage"":""Invalid instance creation/updation parameters passed : 
hbase_column_family.table: mandatory attribute value missing in type hbase_column_family""}) 
CDPD-7781: TLS certificates not validated on Firefox
Atlas is not checking for valid TLS certificates when the UI is opened in FireFox browsers.
CDPD-6675: Irregular qualifiedName format for Azure storage
The qualifiedName for hdfs_path entities created from Azure blog locations (ABFS) doesn't have the clusterName appended to it as do hdfs_path entities in other location types.
CDPD-5933, CDPD-5931: Unexpected Search Results When Using Regular Expressions in Basic Searches on Classifications
When you include a regular expression or wildcard in the search criteria for a classification in the Basic Search, the results may differ unexpectedly from when full classification names are included. For example, the Exclude sub-classifications option is respected when using a full classification name as the search criteria; when using part of the classification name and the wildcard (*) with Exclude sub-classifications turned off, entities marked with sub-classifications are not included in the results. Other instances of unexpected results include case-sensitivity.
CDPD-4762: Spark metadata order may affect lineage
Atlas may record unexpected lineage relationships when metadata collection from the Spark Atlas Connector occurs out of sequence from metadata collection from HMS. For example, if an ALTER TABLE operation in Spark changing a table name and is reported to Atlas before HMS has processed the change, Atlas may not show the correct lineage relationships to the altered table.
CDPD-4545: Searches for Qualified Names with "@" doesn't fetch the correct results
When searching Atlas qualifiedName values that include an "at" character (@), Atlas does not return the expected results or generate appropriate search suggestions.
Consider leaving out the portion of the search string that includes the @ sign, using the wildcard character * instead.
CDPD-3208: Table alias values are not found in search
When table names are changed, Atlas keeps the old name of the table in a list of aliases. These values are not included in the search index in this release, so after a table name is changed, searching on the old table name will not return the entity for the table.
CDPD-3160: Hive lineage missing for INSERT OVERWRITE queries
Lineage is not generated for Hive INSERT OVERWRITE queries on partitioned tables. Lineage is generated as expected for CTAS queries from partitioned tables.
CDPD-3125: Logging out of Atlas does not manage the external authentication
At this time, Atlas does not communicate a log-out event with the external authentication management, Apache Knox. When you log out of Atlas, you can still open the instance of Atlas from the same web browser without re-authentication.
To prevent access to Atlas after logging out, close all browser windows and exit the browser.
CDPD-1892: Ranking of top results in free-text search not intuitive
The Free-text search feature ranks results based on which attributes match the search criteria. The attribute ranking is evolving and therefore the choice of top results may not be intuitive in this release.
If you don't find what you need in the top 5 results, use the full results or refine the search.
CDPD-1884: Free text search in Atlas is case sensitive
The free text search bar in the top of the screen allows you to search across entity types and through all text attributes for all entities. The search shows the top 5 results that match the search terms at any place in the text (*term* logic). It also shows suggestions that match the search terms that begin with the term (term* logic). However, in this release, the search results are case-sensitive.
If you don't see the results you expect, repeat the search changing the case of the search terms.
CDPD-1823: Queries with ? wildcard return unexpected results
DSL queries in Advanced Search return incorrect results when the query text includes a question mark (?) wildcard character. This problem occurs in environments where trusted proxy for Knox is enabled, which is always the case for CDP.
CDPD-1664: Guest users are redirected incorrectly
Authenticated users logging in to Atlas are redirected to the CDP Knox-based login page. However, if a guest user (without Atlas privileges) attempts to log in to Atlas, the user is redirected instead to the Atlas login page.
To avoid this problem, open the Atlas Dashboard in a private or incognito browser window.
CDPD-922: IsUnique relationship attribute not honored
The Atlas model includes the ability to ensure that an attribute can be set to a specific value in only one relationship entity across the cluster metadata. For example, if you wanted to add metadata tags to relationships that you wanted to make sure were unique in the system, you could design the relationship attribute with the property "IsUnique" equal true. However, in this release, the IsUnique attribute is not enforced.
OPSAPS-58720: Atlas HBase hook not enabled post migration to CDH
Using the AM2CM tool for HDP-2 to CDP-7, post-migration, you must manually enable the Atlas HBase hook.
OPSAPS-58784: HMS hook is not enabled by default
Using the AM2CM tool for HDP-2 to CDP-7, post-migration, you must manually enable the Atlas HMS hook.
CDPD-23776: When a HBase table is dropped, the relationship between the table and namespace is displayed as ACTIVE
When the HBase table is disabled and dropped, the table status is marked DELETED but the relationship status between table and namespace is still ACTIVE.
CDPD-23587: hbase_namespace owner is updated to user who creates the HBase table
Owner of the HBase namespace must not be modified based on users' who create the table under it.
CDPD-22484: DML statements like "insert" and "delete" are captured by Atlas
Extra audits are generated by Atlas for DML statements on tables like insert and delete values on the table.
CDPD-27390: [Entity Audits] 'Propagated Classification Added' timestamp is < 'Entity Created' timestamp
The 'Propagated Classification Added' timestamp is < 'Entity Created' timestamp. This is invalid since the classification is propagated once the entity is created.
CDPD-28026: [Atlas: Debug Metrics] Debug metrics is empty on cluster with Custom Principal
Debug metrics is fetched 30 seconds after an operation is performed. Later, there are no debug metrics available.
CDPD-39427: [HDFS Lineage]: When the input is a directory in case of put/copyfromLocal/cp/mv commands, lineage is not created even though the script succeeds.

When Source is a directory and target is a directory which is already present in Atlas, the command succeeds and inserts the data in the desired location, but lineage is not created.

DOCS-13759: Tag Propagation stops after a certain depth while the lineage is being extended

When a tag is added to an entity at timestamp T1, the entities along the lineage to which the tag must be propagated is calculated at T1. Before tag propagation completes, if the lineage is extended, tag does not propagate to the entities in the extended lineage.

DOCS-13760: System Attributes search, __classificationNames: Search with parent tag doesn't return entities associated to its children tags

System attribute search with __classificationNames = parent_tag returns entities associated to parent_tag only not not entities associated to its children tag.

Workaround: Instead of using system attribute, employ the basic search attribute "classification" which lists entities associated with inherited classifications.
CDPD-39576: [Hive import version 2] While importing with Hive import V2, exceptions are seen in the logs for successful imports
  1. Disabled Hive hook
  2. Created a database
  3. Called the import v2 API by passing -o to
  4. The above step will create the ZIP file and also import the data

Though the import is successful, errors are seen in the logs.

CDPD-39599: [Hive import v2] When importing table with large columns using the version V2, is thrown and import fails

The import Hive version 2 faces the timeout issue. The import data takes more time at Atlas server and the configuration timeout at client is lesser than the total time taken by server import (Although the import operation at server is successful).

CDPD-41142: When a Kafka console consumer group is run, more than one update audits are seen

After running the console consumer with a consumer group, verify the consumer group entity created, along with the metrics and notifications for the consumer group and topic. The expected result would be: one ENTITY_CREATE audit and one ENTITY_UPDATE audit. But more than one ENTITY_UPDATE audits are seen.

CDPD-40165: Two audits are created for SPARK CTAS table

When following Spark queries are fired:

spark.sql("create table table1(id int)")

spark.sql("create table table2 as select * from table1")


The extra ENTITY_FULL_UPDATE_V2 message received from HMS is sent as part of ALTERTABLE_ADDCOLS event from the HMS Hook side. This behaviour is observed only when the queries are run from Spark SQL and not when run from the same queries from Beeline.

CDPD-39197: Debug metrics returns empty data

When debug metrics is enabled and some operations are performed, the response is empty.

CDPD-36495: Updating legacyAttribute from False to True resets the initially created relationshipAttributes values
Creating types, entities, and relationship with is_legacy_attribute initially set to False

Later, update the relationshipDef to have is_legacy_attribute to True

For the entities that were created before updating the is_legacy_attribute to True, relationshipAttributes value is reset.

CDPD-35818: Basic search with tag filter provides approximateCount as -1 when there is no match and is 0 otherwise

When the following search operations are performed:

Faceted search with both tag filter and entity filter

The observed approximateCount is -1.

Here both entity filter and tag filter are present and when there is no match the response received is -1.

Faceted search with only entity filter

Performing a basic search provides an approximate value of 0 when there is no match

Faceted search with only tag filter

Whenever there is tag filter in the query and there is no entity match, the approximateCount is -1 and if the tag filter is not available, the response approximateCount is 0

CDPD-13466: Bulk create/update entity POST API does not create / update authorised entities

The bulk API fails with 403 error if some belong to entities on which user is unauthorized and other GUIDs belong to entities on which user is authorized.

CDPD-22744: Bulk entity DELETE API does not delete authorised entities

Bulk entity DELETE API does not delete authorised entities when the list of authorised and unauthorised entities list is passed.

CDPD-31728: For database creation, there are two update audits instead of one create and one update

The behavior is inconsistent. The order of the published messages is as such that first HMS message (Entity Create Event) is created and later HS2 message (Entity Update Event). Atlas received messages from Hive hook in reverse order which is first the HS2 message and later HMS.

CDPD-29409: Hive import: Suggestion suggests entity which is deleted

Suggestions suggests tables of database, which is a deleted entity.

CDPD-25152: Tag propagation through deferred actions consumes additional time as compared to default flow

The additional time might be due to the small overhead added to create / update task vertex and which run it in the background. This also depends on number of tasks queued to be executed in tasks.

CDPD-42954: Zepplin notebook fails after enabling Atlas-HDFS hook

The zeppelin notebooks are failing with errors after enabling Atlas-HDFS hook in the CDP cluster.

When the below properties are set for in Cloudera Manager:



Along with adding the properties in /etc/atlas/conf/, Cloudera Manager also adds these properties to for other services (like Spark).

Adding these properties interferes with the normal flow of the services (like Spark)

Workaround: To enable HDFS lineage feature, instead of setting these properties through CM,user can manually add the properties directly in /etc/atlas/conf/