Getting Data In

How to troubleshoot why 90 data data retention configuration is not being applied?

New Member

I want to freeze all data older than 90 days.

My /opt/splunk/etc/system/local/indexes.conf file looks like this



rotatePeriodInSecs = 60
coldToFrozenDir = /logs/frozen
maxTotalDataSizeMB = 400000
frozenTimePeriodInSecs = 7776000

But I still have data that is up to six months old. Can someone suggest other places to look to correct this?

0 Karma


See below link which explains various properties involved in setting up the retention policy and bucket life cycle.

Basically, you need to setup maxHotSpanSecs and maxWarmDBCount to values so that your data bucket is getting rolled over to frozen. It will be deleted only after it's moved to frozen state.

0 Karma


First, verify the value stuck by running splunk cmd btool indexes list main.

Then, check if the bucket containing that old data happens to also contain newer data. It'll get rolled when the youngest event is older than the frozen period.

0 Karma
Get Updates on the Splunk Community!

Infographic provides the TL;DR for the 2023 Splunk Career Impact Report

We’ve been shouting it from the rooftops! The findings from the 2023 Splunk Career Impact Report showing that ...

Splunk Lantern | Getting Started with Edge Processor, Machine Learning Toolkit ...

Splunk Lantern is Splunk’s customer success center that provides advice from Splunk experts on valuable data ...

Enterprise Security Content Update (ESCU) | New Releases

In the last month, the Splunk Threat Research Team (STRT) has had 2 releases of new security content via the ...