I have a folder containing logs as below. I want to exclude all directories not named DONTINDEX_* and index the contents of every other subfolder of 'logs'.
logs\ a\ b\ DONTINDEX_a\ c\ DONTINDEX_b\ d\
Using _blacklist inside the [monitor:///logs] stanza works but Splunk still scans the DONTINDEX* folders. Problem is that those folders contain 100k+ small files which slows indexing & places a heavy load on the source server.
How do I exclude the entire folder without specifying a separate monitor stanza for each folder I want to scan (a,b,c,d)?
I'm running Splunk 4.1.2 on Windows 2008 R2.
Is it reasonable for you to have a parallel directory containing symlinks to the subdirs you wish the monitor?
For example: logsyms/
a -> /logs/a b -> /logs/b c -> /logs/c d -> /logs/d
This would do what you want, as you would be monitoring the logsyms directory, and DONTINDEX* wouldn't come into play. We could even make the 'source' field look like it's coming from /logs, if you need it.
Whether or not this works for you depends more on the specifics of what those subdirectory names are...