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How do I debug inbound syslog that isn't getting indexed by Splunk?

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Hi I currently have tried a lot of things but can't seem to get the data into Splunk.

I have a server sending syslog messages to my desktop.
The connection is seen on wireshark/tcpdump, so that's successful.
I have set up Add Data via Monitor for TCP 514.
I have tried a blank search and one for index=* and nothing is showing up in Splunk.
There is no intermediary device between the syslog sender and our Splunk desktop.

Any idea what could be the problem with the syslog?

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Re: How do I debug inbound syslog that isn't getting indexed by Splunk?

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Is splunk able to bind to the port? netstat -an will work in windows and linux command line and it will show if 0.0.0.0:514 is LISTENING or not.

Sometimes its shown as *:514, or [YOURIPADDRESS]:514

If splunk is running on linux, it needs root permission to bind to 514. Try using 5514 instead of giving splunk root permissions.

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Re: How do I debug inbound syslog that isn't getting indexed by Splunk?

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Hi jkat,

Yes it does seem to be binding. Still no luck. Any other thoughts here?

netstat -an | grep 514
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:5514 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN

tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:514 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN

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Re: How do I debug inbound syslog that isn't getting indexed by Splunk?

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How much data have you tested with? There is a queue on tcp/udp inputs that doesnt flush to disk until it fills.

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