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multiple lines in saved search

Path Finder

Hi,

my saved search is very long. I want to put it in savedsearches.conf in multiple lines escaped through \

this is my search lines:

search = (sourcetype=syslog) \

| search NOT "DEBUG" \

| transaction host user maxspan=2s maxpause=2s \

| convert timeformat="...." ctime(_ctime) as time \

| (lots of more lines....)

This seems working unless I add 'convert' into my search. It breaks the whole search. Once I change everything to one line (by removing escape \ and \n), everything goes back to normal.

Is this a bug in somewhere in Splunk code? Why 'convert' is different?

Thanks

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Re: multiple lines in saved search

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

The Search Reference topic on convert notes that it "is mostly deprecated, and its functionality has been re-worked as functions of the eval command such as strftime(), strptime(), or tostring()." Have you tried using eval instead?

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Re: multiple lines in saved search

Path Finder

this is exact the problem was. thank you very much.

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Re: multiple lines in saved search

Path Finder

Further testing found another problem:

the 'rename' command does not work this way. It is not deprecated, but it breaks the search if I put following two lines in my search:

rename aaa as bbb \

| other search conditions

So, I have to put at least one other command following 'rename' in the same line:

rename aaa as bbb | other search conditions

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