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Absolute range in custom times.conf

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Is it possible to specify absolute boundaries for the earliest and latest parameters in a custom times.conf? The documentation of times.conf seems to indicate that it cannot be done. In my environment, it is useful to specify a time range "Fall2013Semester" that has absolute boundaries.

The following stanza will return an "invalid value for earliest parameter" error.

[Fall2013]
label = During Fall 2013 semester
header_label = During Fall 2013 semester
earliest_time = 8/23/2013:00:00:00
latest_time = 8/25/2013:00:00:00
order = 10
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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

I was able to do this with the epoch time stamp. I first used the "regular" flashtimeline view to set the endpoints of my search time frame to 9/4/13 00:00:00 and 12/13/13 00:00:00 (your times will be different). I then clicked search. The URL bar of my browser now contained these time values converted to epoch times, looking a bit like this:

... earliest=1378278000&latest=1386921600 ...

I then went into my times.conf and created the following:


[Fall_2013]
label = Fall Semester 2013
earliest_time = 1378278000
latest_time = 1386921600

After a visit to the debug/refresh URL, this item was now on my pulldown menu, and selected the desired times.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

I was able to do this with the epoch time stamp. I first used the "regular" flashtimeline view to set the endpoints of my search time frame to 9/4/13 00:00:00 and 12/13/13 00:00:00 (your times will be different). I then clicked search. The URL bar of my browser now contained these time values converted to epoch times, looking a bit like this:

... earliest=1378278000&latest=1386921600 ...

I then went into my times.conf and created the following:


[Fall_2013]
label = Fall Semester 2013
earliest_time = 1378278000
latest_time = 1386921600

After a visit to the debug/refresh URL, this item was now on my pulldown menu, and selected the desired times.

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Path Finder

This worked like a charm! Thank you very much for figuring this out!

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Champion

It is relative to the document identifier.

  • The relative time identifier string that represents the earliest event to to return, inclusive.

http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/5.0.4/Admin/Timesconf

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