Getting Data In

Strange queue name

New Member

Hello all.

I'm 4 days into my splunk experience and have a problem I don't know where to begin tracking down. I have a 4.2.1 splunk installation and the indexer is showing metrics.log entries such as this:

06-09-2011 14:27:38.435 -0700 INFO Metrics - group=queue, name=, max_size_kb=500, current_size_kb=4, current_size=10, largest_size=10, smallest_size=10

This queue never gets smaller, only larger and eventually seems to cause a blockage of itself, aggqueue and typingqueue.

My question starts with what generates that "name="? The only thing I know of that contains that string is my forwarder's $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/search/local/outputs.conf file as the defaultGroup entry. The contents of the file are below and are a holdover from a 4.1.2 installation.

defaultGroup =
disabled = false

server =


Hopefully given some context I can hunt down a more appropriate configuration and begin indexing our files.


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Esteemed Legend

Either Splunk does not like your strange name (with all those numbers and dots/periods) or your indexers have SSL turned on and are listening on port 9998 in stead of port 9997. There are tools to check which ports have listeners (I do not know your OS) or you can just experiment (try changing your default group to use alpha-only). Here is another answer that shows a working pair of configuration files:

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Is your Splunk server receiving data from you forwarders? Go to: Manager -> Forwarding and Receiving -> Configure Receiving

Is the server configured to Receive on port 9997?

While you're in Manager, go to Manager -> Forwarding and Receiving -> Configure Forwarding, and make sure that the splunk server isn't forwarding data to itself.

New Member

It had been, we'd pulled in a good deal of fascinating stuff(recall 4 days in!). Then after an upgrade of indexer and forwarders it shut down on us. We had TCP9997 setup as a listener.

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