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How to add a line break in an email alert?

Explorer

==> Saved search view in web interface

list(mailfrom)  TIME    count
abc@gmail.com   10/2/2012 09:05 12
apple@gmail.com 
stb@gmail.com   
peter@gmail.com 10/2/2012 09:16 15
mary@gmail.com  
happy@gmail.com 
abc@gmail.com   10/2/2012 09:43 13
apple@gmail.com 
stb@gmail.com

==> search result in the email alert

list(mailfrom)  TIME    count
abc@gmail.com apple@gmail.com stb@gmail.com 10/2/2012 09:05 12
peter@gmail.com mary@gmail.com happy@gmail.com  10/2/2012 09:16 15
abc@gmail.com apple@gmail.com stb@gmail.com 10/2/2012 09:43 13

All the line break are lost.
Although i can use mvjoin command to add ";" to separate them, but a line break is still necessary since there are more than 100 values in the list.

can anyone help? thank you.

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Path Finder

I feel your pain. I believe the problem is Splunk is not properly converting the line breaks (newlines) from the event to the appropriate line break sequence required by email (carriage return + Line feed) when passing it off to email. Been banging my head against this for hours. I attempted, with eval replace, to replace all newlines in the event with \r\n but, it inserts the literal string "\r\n".

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Explorer

here is the conf found in /users//search/local/... I will find an machine with Outlook installed to test.
Here is part of the conf file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/sgnxoj12dlv63xv/savedsearches.conf.txt

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

check in etc/users/<yourusername>/search/local/ and I'm using a Exchange/Outlook mail service currently

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Explorer

hi MuS, thanks for helping. I use the same search as you do. Splunk version is 6.1.1. I checked
- $SPLUNKHOME/etc / apps / search / local / savedsearches.conf
- $SPLUNK
HOME/etc / system / local / savedsearches.conf
first one has nothing under [default], the second one has nothing.
Here is the link to the screen capture:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/c3p35gyl1ubemje/splunk-1.png
may I know what email server/service are you using? Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo ...?

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

could you please provide more details like the search used, your savedsearch.conf entry for this alert and the splunk version used?

I did a test on 6.0.x and this just works fine....
Search used: index=_internal | stats count list(source)
Result:

count   list(source)
72200   /opt/splunk/var/log/splunk/splunkd_access.log
        /opt/splunk/var/log/splunk/splunkd_access.log 
        /opt/splunk/var/log/splunk/splunkd_access.log
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Explorer

hi ppablo, thanks for asking. But the problem is still there. I tried \r \n
but none of them works on Lotus Notes or Gmail. We attache the result as an PDF as an alternative method, but still, we are looking for a solution.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Did you ever find a resolution for this?

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Communicator

It might be your email client (Outlook) modifying the whitespace. Could you attach it as a csv or pdf instead of inline text?

Alternately you could use the sendemail command and set inline=false to force the attachment.

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Explorer

hi Derek, thanks for the help. But gmail seems to have the same problem.

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