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I am having a heck of a time trying to debug advanced xml so i am wondering if maybe i am just missing something. Basically i have a view with advanced xml in it, i have to do this

  1. modify the xml
  2. bin/splunk restart (not just restart splunkweb)
  3. reload ui and re login
  4. browse to my app and load the view
  5. if it doesn't work goto step 1

is there an easier way for modifying the xml is the first question, and the second question are there logs i can look at that tells me why my view isn't working? usually my panel is blank with no reason as to why. even things like search query being bad doesn't display in the messages panel. I am using an xml editor so the xml is well-formed.


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I assume you are editing the XML outside of Splunk? This can be problematic and Splunk can do the validation for you but if you are using an editor you should be ok.

Just because there are no errors being displayed doesn't mean that there are no problems however, it could be that Splunk has merely interpreted your xml in a way that results in.. nothing.
The quickest way to troubleshoot would be if you could paste an example on here so we can check it out.

Also to save time, when you save your externally modified XML just run the following URL to reload the internal cache on the fly;

This will force splunk to do a reload, no restart required!