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Error in 'dbxquery' command: External search command exited unexpectedly with non-zero error code 1


Hello, I am getting "Error in 'dbxquery' command: External search command exited unexpectedly with non-zero error code 1."  for every search in Splunk DB connect app.  Already configured inputs are indexed, but when I try to run any searches by hand, I always get this failure. I can not also add any new input.

I am using Splunk DB connect 3.4.2 with MySQL database.  The data is indexed so I am sure the connection is working, I can also select image.png

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I have faces the same error with version 3.4.0. After verification installed drivers  (JDBC connetion and java home path). We did upgrade to 3.6.0 and restart Splunk. Problem resoved.

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Path Finder

I am getting same error after upgrading  to Splunk 8.1.3 version. we don't have commands.conf under local. Any suggestions please? 

Thanks in advance!

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Path Finder

Have you find it under default ? 

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Path Finder

in my case just put "#" in front of


filename = java.path

in local/commands.conf


Solved! Thank you very much!

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Path Finder

Same problem, worked for me!

Thanks a lot rahmatn!

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Same here. Thank you!

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Hi, had the same problem.  After weeks of troubleshooting I found following entry under default/commands.conf

####### uncomment following lines to revert dbxquery to 3.2.0 version
# [dbxquery]
# run_in_preview = false
# filename = java.path
# chunked = true
# command.arg.1 = -Dlogback.configurationFile=../config/command_logback.xml
# command.arg.2 = -DDBX_COMMAND_LOG_LEVEL=INFO
# command.arg.3 = -cp
# command.arg.4 = ../jars/dbxquery.jar
# command.arg.5 = com.splunk.dbx.command.DbxQueryCommand

Gave it  a try and copied all over to local/commands.conf and it works.

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