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Not able to sourcetype


I'm unable to force sourcetype from props.conf. Relatively new to splunk, am trying to setup logging of solaris /var/adm/messages. Am extracting ftp from the message and trying to sourcetype it as ftp. what's happening is if i try to set sourcetype to Solaris_Messages under inputs.conf for all /var/adm/messages it works. However if i try to extract "ftp" with props.conf and transforms.conf it sourcetypes it as "Syslog". I'm wondering if some default or learned sourcetypes is being enforced. Below are outputs of each files :

/opt/splunk/etc/apps/SplunkForwarder/local/props.conf :

TRANSFORMS-sourcetype_for_ftpd = sourcetype_for_ftpd

/opt/splunk/etc/apps/SplunkForwarder/local/transforms.conf :

DEST_KEY = MetaData:SourceType
REGEX = ftpd\[\d+\]\:
FORMAT = sourcetype::ftp

when i set props and transforms to the above and restart, all ftp messages are sourcetype'd as Syslog. But when i simply set inputs.conf like below :

/opt/splunk/etc/apps/SplunkForwarder/local/inputs.conf :

sourcetype = Solaris_Messages

all /var/adm/messages are sourcetype'd as Solaris_Messages which is good. I'm wondering why my props and transforms isn't working as expected, i tried using btool and show config but couldn't exactly figure out from which file sourcetype=Syslog is getting applied. This is in a forwarder config on solaris. Basically sourcetype seems to be working under inputs.conf whereas its not for props and transforms.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

thanks pmr

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In transforms.conf, DEST_KEY is case sensitive and should be MetaData:Sourcetype as specified in transforms.conf.spec.


Thanks Stephen.. it works now. what i did was not only correct SourceType to Sourcetype in transforms.conf but also move props and transforms.conf to /etc/system/local directory from /etc/apps/SplunkForwarder/local.

so my new question is should i always have props and transforms under /etc/system/local as supposed to under an App (/etc/apps/app-name/local) for index time transformations ? If we have different applications with its own props and transforms, should we always combine that under /etc/system/local ?


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