Job Commands#

This command group operates on the level of individual jobs with different names than main.

list - List all Jobs#

The following command will list all jobs defined in a project

flowexec job list

validate|create|build|verify|truncate|destroy - Execute Job Phase#

This set of commands is used for executing a job phase, or a complete lifecycle containing multiple individual phases.

flowexec job <validate|create|build|verify|truncate|destroy> <job_name> <args>

This will execute the whole job by executing the desired lifecycle for the main job. The <args> parameter refers to the parameters as defined in a job. For example the following job defines one parameter processing_date which needs to be specified on the command line.

    description: "Processes all outputs"
      - name: processing_date
        type: string
      - some_hive_table
      - some_files

Additional parameters can be specified before or after <args> and are as follows:

  • -h displays help

  • -f or --force force execution of all targets in the job, even if Flowman considers the targets to be clean.

  • -t or --targets explicitly specify targets to be executed. The targets can be specified as regular expressions

  • -d or --dirty explicitly mark individual targets as being dirty, i.e. they need a rebuild. The targets can be specified as regular expressions. The difference between -d and -t is that while -t tells Flowman to only rebuild the specified targets if they are dirty, -d actually taints specific targets as being dirty, i.e. they need a rebuild. The difference between -f and -d is that -f marks all targets as being dirty, while you can explicitly select individual targets with -d.

  • -k or --keep-going proceed with execution, in case of errors.

  • -j <n> runs multiple job instances in parallel. This is very useful for running a job for a whole range of dates.

  • --dry-run only simulate execution

  • -nl or --no-lifecycle only execute the specified lifecycle phase, without all preceding phases. For example the whole lifecycle for verify includes the phases create and build and these phases would be executed before verify. If this is not what you want, then use the option -nl


In order to forcibly build (i.e. run VALIDATE, CREATE and BUILD execution phases) the main job of a project stored in the subdirectory examples/weather which defines an (optional) parameter year, simply run

flowexec -f examples/weather job build main year=2018 --force

If you only want to execute the BUILD phase and skip the first two other phases, then you need to add the command line option -nl or --no-lifecycle to skip all other phases of the lifecycle:

flowexec -f examples/weather job build main year=2018 -nl

Executing Parameter Ranges#

The following example will only execute the BUILD phase of the job daily, which defines a parameter processing_datetime with type datetime. The job will be executed for the whole date range from 2021-06-01 until 2021-08-10 with a step size of one day. Flowman will execute up to four jobs in parallel (-j 4).

flowexec job build daily processing_datetime:start=2021-06-01T00:00 processing_datetime:end=2021-08-10T00:00 processing_datetime:step=P1D --target parquet_lineitem --no-lifecycle -j 4

job inspect - Retrieving General Information#

The job inspect commands provides some general information on an individual job, for example the list of all targets within the job, parameters and environment variables.

The following example inspects the job main:

flowexec -f examples/weather job inspect main