I made a dashboard that reports on backup success/failure.
Users are requesting the ability to add comments to the results or add a checkbox or something that indicates if a failure has been resolved.
To the best of my knowledge Splunk doesn't have the ability to write to the index after the fact. The data always stays in its original format once it has been indexed. So I need some suggestions on how to go about doing this. I would have to link the results of a search to an external database of some kind. I was thinking if I could somehow cause the dashboard interface to generate events that I would collect in another index and then correlate that to the original search results, that might work.
yes it is possible. With the collect command, you can ubdate your index.
Let suppose that you have an index called myindex which has certain events, with two fields ( field1, field2). And then you want your users to update myindex (add new events), with a custom field. Let say comments field. Here you go:
After a user entered his comment, you can update myindex by simply execute a query like this:
index=myindex ....... |eval comments="$yourtextboxtoken$"|table field1 field2 comments|collect index=myindex marker="report=\"report1\"
myindex will now has new events, with users comments, and you could be able to report on it.
index=myindex report="report1"|table field1 field2 comments