In email alert as plain text format, the order of fields of a search result is not kept. It is rearranged to keep shorter field first.
==> SavedSearch Result
2012/02/10 09:05:00 163
2012/02/10 09:06:00 1810
2012/02/10 09:07:00 1115
2012/02/10 09:08:00 1240
2012/02/10 09:09:00 672
==> Same search result sent in Email alert (Plain Text)
163 2012/02/10 09:05:00
1810 2012/02/10 09:06:00
1115 2012/02/10 09:07:00
1240 2012/02/10 09:08:00
672 2012/02/10 09:09:00
How can I keep the fields order of the search result in plain text email alert?
It is reordering them based on alphabetical order. To keep the order, add this to the bottom:
| rename TIME AS " TIME"
That was not my experience. It was sorting them as the documentation indicates -- by an internal assessment of the length (or width) of fields. You can now set that setting -- width_sort_columns -- to "false" in the GUI.
In 4.3, we added an attribute for [email] stanza in alert_actions.conf
- alert_actions.conf [email] width_sort_columns = 0
This will keep the order of search result in plain text email.
Unfortunately you cannot select this option through WebGUI at this time. So, you need to edit alert_actions.conf manually.
It is now available in the gui, under "advanced edit" for the alert.