Using eval from outer search to inner

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I am aware that an eval in the parent search cannot be used in a subsearch like this -

| eval foo = .....  | eval bar = [search index='event' | eval alice = foo/10]

if subsearch is out of the question, then are joins the only way we can achieve this? Also, is it possible to return a multivalued field(list) in the above query and store it in bar, instead of returning a single number(like count using return $count). If so, how is it done?

Basically if I have an eval in one search and I want to extract a list of data from another search index where that eval needs to be used, how is it achieved?


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Hi dhruv101,

simply switch the searches, so that your sub search returns the eval result to the base search.
Try this run everywhere example, which will not any result:

    [ search index=_audit 
    | stats count by sourcetype 
    | sort - count 
    | head 5 
    | eval foo=case(count > 1000, "lots", count < 1000, "less", 1=1, "unknown") 
    | table foo 
    | format ]

But looking at the litsearch in job inspector you can see that foo was used in the base search 😉

litsearch (index=_* foo="lots") | fields keepcolorder=t "_bkt" "_cd" "_si" "host" "index" "linecount" "source" "sourcetype" "splunk_server"

Hope this helps ...

cheers, MuS

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