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can I have a multiline search box?

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It'd be cool if I could add some line breaks to my search so that visual inspection of what I was typing was a little easier on the eyes. Can this be done?

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

You can type shift-enter in the search bar to add a line break. The search bar will open to a max of 4 lines.

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Just as a word of warning. Multi-line searches can cause some problems in some of splunk's internal logs. This is mostly due to props settings for the log files. Normally this shows up as time-stamping errors in the splunkd.log source.

For example, the auditrail, splunkd, and searches (I think) sourcetypes are not setup for multi-line events. And in some places the multi-line searches get logged across lines which causes the timestamping issue. Other times, the searches get wrapped as a single line, and this isn't a problem. (I tracked this down once, I think. But can't remember what the common factor was as to when this seems to happen.)

In my own config, I've added SHOULD_LINEMERGE = True to these sourcetypes to make this problem go away. (I realize this probably isn't as efficient, but it seemed like the best workaround)

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

You can type shift-enter in the search bar to add a line break. The search bar will open to a max of 4 lines.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Good to know. Thanks for the clarification

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Contributor

Your search can be as many lines as you want -- the 4 line limit is just how big the textarea will grow.

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