If I am reading http://splunk-base.splunk.com/answers/27373/universal-forwarder-and-propsconf-and-transformsconf correctly, the UF does not support props.conf and transforms.conf. Yet the RPM includes the props files, which I find extremely confusing. What's the correct story? Is props.conf useful without transforms.conf? Which, if either, actually works with the UF?
$ rpm -qa | grep splunk
$ rpm -ql splunkforwarder| egrep 'props|transforms' | sort
You have misread. The UF does "support" props.conf. However, most settings in that file are irrelevant on a universal forwarder: http://www.splunk.com/wiki/Where_do_I_configure_my_Splunk_settings%3F
Additionally, there are many settings in props.conf that do not reference transforms.conf. In fact, only REPORT, TRANSFORM, and LOOKUP do.
Thank you for clarifying!