I just noticed something today and have an idea of maybe how to fix it but figured i would toss it by here too.
In splunk on 2 servers I have in the inputs.conf the following to be monitored:
[monitor:///opt/drs/var/log] disabled = false sourcetype = drs7
the problem i have noticed is that in this directory logs are generated every day with a different name. The date is included in the name so what's happening is in splunk under Sources on the summary page there are tons of entries for each and every one of these logs, instead of 1 source just being /opt/drs/var/log.
2 examples of some of the logs are below:
If I was to change the entry in the inputs.conf to say:
[monitor:///opt/drs/var/log/drs.*.log] disabled = false sourcetype = drs7
Would this eliminate every single log being listed as a source?
Not sure if there's some reason not to do this versus ron's answer, but I have a monitor pointing to a directory and I simply have source=sourcename in the stanza in inputs.conf, which causes there to be only one source set.
[monitor://my_directory] source=singlesourcename sourcetype=mysourcetype
You may also want to take a look a the following question/answer:
If you want to consolidate all files in a directory as a single source then using the
[monitor] stanza that has an explicit
source= setting will work, but if you have different types of log files in a single directory, then I recommend using a transformer-based approach (as detailed in
the link above).