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From Martin Ebert <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Advanced search capabilities
Date Fri, 21 Feb 2020 18:42:13 GMT
We still think about building a graph based search (Neo4j) in top of NiFi.
Would be also fantastic to have it within NiFi.

There are plenty of examples
>From the idea it could go in this direction - of course much more
rudimentary. Then one would have the possibility to have only the results
displayed as text or to find out exploratory connections (graph layout).
The built-in data lineage function of NiFi would also benefit from the
power of Neo4j.

Simon Bence <> schrieb am Fr., 21. Feb. 2020, 19:00:

> Dear Community,
> In my project, I do use relatively high number of processors and process
> groups. The current search function on the NiFi UI has no  capabilitites to
> narrow the results based on the group, which would make the results more
> relevant, so I would like to propose a possible solution. Please if you
> have any comment on this, do not hesitate to share it.
> The general approach would be to keep the current text box and extend the
> server side capabilities to process search query in the similar manner for
> example the Google search behaves.This extensions I would call "filters".
> For now I am interested in the ones I will mention below, but I think, it
> is only a matter of small work for further extend the solution with further
> ones.
> In order to distinguish the filters from the rest of the search query, I
> propose to put them at the beginning of the query and use the
> [a-zA-Z0-9\.]{1..n}\:[a-zA-Z0-9\.]{1..n} format. For example a filter might
> look the following: lorem:ipsum
> Adding this, the search query should look like the following:
> filter1:value filter2:value rest of the query
> As for processing the filters, I suggest the following behaviour:
> - Without filters the current behaviour should be kept
> - Everything after the filters should be handled as the search term
> - After the first "non filter word", anything should be considered as part
> of the search term (meaning: to keep the text parsing simple, I would not
> go in the direction to support filters at the end of the query, etc.)
> - The ordering of the filters should have no effect on the result
> - Filter duplications should be eliminated
> - In case a filter appears multiple times in the query, the first occasion
> will be used
> - Unknown filters should be ignored
> - Only adding filters will not end up with result, at least one character
> must appear as search term
> Suggested filters:
> scope
> Narrows the search based on the user's currently active process group. The
> allowed values are: "all" and "here". All produces the current behaviour,
> thus no filtering happens, but "here" should use the current process group
> as "root" of the search, ignoring everything else (including parent group).
> Note: This needs a minimal frontend change, because as I did see, currently
> the current group is not sent with the search query.
> group
> Narrows the search for a given processing group, if it exists. The
> behaviour is recursive, thus the result will include the contained groups
> as well. If it is a non-existing group, the result list should be empty.
> properties
> Controls if properties values are included or not. If not provided, the
> property values will be included. This is because in a lot of cases there
> is a huge number of results come from property names.
> - Valid values for inclusion: yes, true, include, 1
> - Valid values for exclusion: no, none, false, exclude, 0
> It is possible that the range of possible values should be limited (and not
> being ambiguous), but I see a merit of "permissiveness" here as it is
> simpler to remember.
> Also some example:
> 1.
> scope:here properties:exclude lorem ipsum
> This should search only in the current group (and it's children), excluding
> properties and return with components containing the "lorem ipsum"
> expression.
> 2.
> group:myGroup someQuery
> This should result the finding of components with someQuery expression, but
> only within the myGroup group, even if it is not the active one.
> 3.
> scope:all properties:include lorem
> This should behave the same as "lorem" without filters.
> Thanks for reading, I am interested to hear your opinion!
> Kind regards,
> Bence

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