I am installing Splunk as a splunk user. I have it all down, but what directory are people installing it in? Using /opt does not seem like a good idea because you then need to make the /opt dir 775 or 777 depending on who owns /opt...
I welcome to hear where others are installing it. Thanks!
You have touched on my biggest gripe with Splunk's system architecture. /opt/splunk is a perfectly valid place to install Splunk, owned by the splunk user. However you should be a superuser to perform the installation. Furthermore - and this is the basis of my objection - you also have to run the entire Splunk instance with root privileges if you want inputs from system logs (unless, of course, you open up the file permissions). Kind of rock/hard place situation.
(You'd think by now Splunk would have broken it down into the main engine and indexes dropping itself down to unprivileged status, and running a micro-service talking through the socket stack purely for accessing privileged logs.)