This is such a basic question I'm almost embarrassed to ask.
When I try to ingest a file into splunk that has some rows of text with empty lines in between some lines (same as in any .conf file) splunk skips the empty rows. I want to be able to see them as I wan to use those blank lines as event breakers.
Why does that happen?
Are you breaking events in a way that each line is a separate event in Splunk? Splunk would not index blank lines, probably the reson you don't see it. If you want a whole stanza a one event, you'd need to setup your event breaking to do so.
Yes, I know that the capture group of the event breaker gets removed but this happens before I even specify the event breaker.
So if I take a file and try to upload it to Splunk via the web interface, the preview part that lets you define the line breaker and all other index-time props settings already show the content of the file with no empty lines.