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Why am I getting an error: "only one item is allowed in root directory" while uploading the app on Splunk Apps?

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I am trying to upload an app on splunk apps (tried both .spl and .tar.gz extensions).. But it throws error "only one item is allowed in root directory".

When I extract same tarball package on local system it gets extracted with a single root folder "xyz" (xyz is the name of app), which contains other directories like bin, default, metadata etc...

Below are the contents of app.conf:

[package]

id = xyz

[install]

is_configured = 0

[ui]

is_visible = 1
label = abc

[launcher]

author =
description = Splunk app for xyz

version = 1.0

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Responding to an old question to hopefully help those that still run into the same issue:

When packaging your tarball, do not package specifying a relative path, as the tarball will compress with the relative path included. That is to say,

do not do this:
tar -cv --exclude='*DS_Store' ./multi_root > multi_root.tar

but instead this:
tar -cv --exclude='*DS_Store' not_multi_root > not_multi_root.tar

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Responding to an old question to hopefully help those that still run into the same issue:

When packaging your tarball, do not package specifying a relative path, as the tarball will compress with the relative path included. That is to say,

do not do this:
tar -cv --exclude='*DS_Store' ./multi_root > multi_root.tar

but instead this:
tar -cv --exclude='*DS_Store' not_multi_root > not_multi_root.tar

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Hi pjvarjani,

follow the docs about app packaging http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/latest/AdvancedDev/PackageApp , looks like there is still an error in the tar ball, like appdir\appdir\...
Also, check this docs http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunkbase/latest/Splunkbase/Namingguidelines about your App name, there are some restrictions.

cheers, MuS

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