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How to resole this: FormatMessage was unable to decode error (193), (0xc1)?

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10-07-2019 13:33:23.696 -0700 ERROR ExecProcessor - Couldn't start command ""C:\Program Files\SplunkUniversalForwarder\etc\apps\test\bin\abc.ps1"": FormatMessage was unable to decode error (193), (0xc1)

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I just had the same error message:


04-20-2021 10:31:06.770 +0200 ERROR ExecProcessor - Couldn't start command ""C:\Program Files\SplunkUniversalForwarder\etc\apps\myapp\bin\myscript.ps1"": FormatMessage was unable to decode error (193), (0xc1)


I had a deployment app which consisted of a ps1 file and this inputs.conf:


index = myindex
schedule = */15 * * * *
crcSalt = <SOURCE>


I could not find out why this error message appeared.

However, I found this article:

I removed the ps1 file and created this inputs.conf instead:


index = myindex
script = Get-ADDomainController -Filter * | Select-Object -Property Domain,Name,HostName,IPv4Address,OperatingSystem,Enabled
schedule = */15 * * * *
crcSalt = <SOURCE>


This solved my issue.

I don't know if this works for more complex scripts than my one-liner.

Using the powershell input works surprisingly well: Before that I used "ConvertTo-Csv" as part of the PowerShell command to convert the PowerShell output to CSV before indexing. Using the powershell input, I do not need to specify the sourcetype and Splunk handles the log format automatically.

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For convenience, building on top of the previous response regarding the one-liner:

The following is an example from the Monitor Windows data with PowerShell scripts - Splunk Documentation which allows for a multiline script using the [powershell] rather than [script] stanza

    script=. $SplunkHome/etc/apps/TA-Exchange-2010/powershell/health.ps1

Testing this at the moment with a custom PS script but doesn't fill me with supreme confidence when the official example references TA-Exchange-2010.

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Hi Venkat,

With the description provided there is not much i can help with, but below are few accepted answers which could be of use.

Add some more context so we can discuss further on the issue

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