Initialising pipelines

Before a pipeline can be run, the eHive database must be created and populated. This is done using eHive’s script.

Basic operation

Two parameters are required by

  • The fully qualified Perl classname of the PipeConfig to be initialised.
  • The database to be initialised, typically passed as a url using -pipeline_url [*] . It can also be passed in using -host, -dbname, -password, or it can be specified in the $EHIVE_URL environment variable.


  • MyProject::PipeConfig::ExamplePipeline_conf -pipeline_url mysql://user:password@my.db.server:4567/my_example_pipeline_db

When this script is run, it performs the following operations:

  • It creates a new database with the name given.
    • If is called with -hive_force_init 1 it will also remove any database with the same name that may exist - e.g. with a DROP DATABASE IF EXISTS in MySQL.
  • It creates the table structure, along with foreign keys, views, and stored procedures (if applicable).

When successfully completes, it will print a series of useful commands for working with the now-instantiated pipeline.

Common issues

There are a few common sources of problems that may be encountered when running

  • During pipeline initialisation, all of the Runnables listed in the given PipeConfig will be compiled. If the Runnables cannot be located by Perl, Python, or Java then initialisation will fail. Errors in a Runnable that prevent compilation, such as syntax errors, will also prevent the pipeline from initialising.
  • If the given database already exists, initialisation will fail unless the -hive_force_init 1 option has been given. This protects existing pipeline instances from accidental deletion.
  • If the user does not have sufficient permissions (CREATE, CREATE ROUTINE, INSERT, and ALTER) in the given database, initialisation will fail.
[*]Note the name -pipeline_url differs from -url used in other scripts.