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Scripted input of ausearch returns different output compared to when run from the command line

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I am using a scripted input from ausearch to get logs from audit.d

inputs.conf

[script://./bin/get_ausearch.sh]
sourcetype=linux_audit
interval=* * * * *

get_ausearch.sh

sudo /sbin/ausearch --start recent -k testing

I have tested this with splunkd running as both root and as splunk(which is in sudoers) and I get the same result.

The result I get in Splunk is

11-05-2014 10:17:00.074 -0600 ERROR ExecProcessor - message from "/opt/splunkforwarder/etc/apps/myapp/bin/get_ausearch.sh"

This is actual output from ausearch (note the ERROR and the ``) it is just not the correct output.

Simultaneously I can manually run the script (or copy the command verbatim) and get the correct results I expect to see.

I am also redirected stdout, stderr to files and got the same results.

Any idea what is going on here?

NOTE
I could, of course, monitor the  audit.log file itself but I want to filter on the key, 
and not index all of the audit events. I also realize that the suggested approach 
is to use the rlog.sh from Splunk Add-on for Unix and Linux but this is very narrow 
and specific monitoring use case, so I am trying to come up with the lightest approach possible.
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Re: Scripted input of ausearch returns different output compared to when run from the command line

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So I found the fix. I should have read the man file for ausearch more carefully. From the documentation for ausearch:

--input-logs
Use the log file location from auditd.conf as input for searching. This is needed if you are using ausearch from a cron job.

This value is defined globally in /etc/audit/auditd.conf but in this instance we need to tell ausearch that it is ok to use that file.

The working command for my scripted input in * get_ausearch.sh * is

sudo /sbin/ausearch --start recent --key testing --input-logs

Even though this isn't strictly a cron job, this is the only reasonable explanation I can find. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

(Edited with the correct information, my previous answer was slightly incorrect)

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