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In Simple XML, have * as default text input value is causing incorrect results.

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I am using splunk 6.3.1. My data is indexed as JSON. Not all fields will have a value. For example, 2 (very simplified events) could look like this:

{
  "host":"hostname",
  "field2":"pickle",
  "field3":  "onion"
}
{
  "host": "host2",
  "field2": "pickachu"
}

I have a dashboard form (simple xml) that allows the user to use text fields to filter their results. Currently I have the default value for each of the text fields set to an asterick . If the user only enters a value for host, and field 2, the token for field3 gets set to *

index=foo host="hostofmine" field2="pic" field3="" | stats count by host

Since field 3 is an optional field (it may or may not be in the raw json document), having a default value of * causes my search to return incomplete results. For the simple data above, only 1 event will be returned, but I would like both events to return. I tried just removing the default value, but the search doesn't execute unless I type something into the text field.

How can I make it so that the user does not have to enter a value into all 3 text fields and only the fields where the user does enter a value are part of the search?

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Hi @lyndac,
Take a look at this previous Answers post:
https://answers.splunk.com/answers/4911/evaluating-form-field-if-not-null.html

It discusses using a prefix and suffix around the field to handle cases where users do not input a value. See also this documentation, which includes details for prefix and suffix:
http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/6.3.3/Viz/PanelreferenceforSimplifiedXML#form
Hope this helps!

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Hi @lyndac,
Take a look at this previous Answers post:
https://answers.splunk.com/answers/4911/evaluating-form-field-if-not-null.html

It discusses using a prefix and suffix around the field to handle cases where users do not input a value. See also this documentation, which includes details for prefix and suffix:
http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/6.3.3/Viz/PanelreferenceforSimplifiedXML#form
Hope this helps!

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