We have a "stats" table on a postgres server, does anyone know how to get splunk to monitor this? I suspect it involves a script... someone must have already done something like this?
If you just want to dump the contents of that table every XXX minutes, it should be very easy to do.
Just write a shell script or batch file that runs the command-line postgres client and dumps the table(s) you want, and have Splunk index the output. Basically, any query you can run at the command line would do.
Take a look at the documentation on scripted inputs - that should help get you started.
If the table you want to monitor is continually growing (i.e., you're continually logging stats over time), then your problem is the same as for any other application that logs to a database.
You may wish to consider having whatever populates the stats table log directly to Splunk, if that's feasible. Assuming it isn't, then you need to do a little more work scripting, and you should consider using Python instead of dealing with shell-scripts and psql:
It depends how your table is structured, but here's a common approach if your table has an an increasing primary key value or timestamp:
To be clear, the original suggestion was not advocating dumping the entire database, just the results of a single query. It depends on how your data is structured though - if you're continually adding new records, then it's more like a traditional log table than just a list of stats. See edits above for more information.
What do you mean by "directly"? Splunk only indexed textual data, so at some point the records have to be converted into a text-based format that splunk can index. There is really no concept of "adapters" or other such product-specific things, if that's what your thinking.