I am having difficulty getting the program started; I installed it successfully but then it tells me it needs to "perform a brief initialization" anytime I open the program. I click the OK button, but then nothing tells me about the status of this initialization or when it may be finished. Then when I click on the icon in my dock (I use a Mac), nothing happens. Am I perhaps confused on how to begin using the program or is this some type of malfunction?
I had the same problem with Splunk Enterprise 7.2.3 Build:06d57c595b80 (you can find this by going to Help > About on the menu at the top of your browser window when you've successfully got Splunk running on your host).
I needed to kill the splunk app that was running in the dock using Activity
Monitor, then run it again.
It then got stuck on another screen and I had to repeat that process
each time I managed to get one step / one dialog farther, until finally a browser window open to the the http://localhost:8000/ and the login fields appeared which I used to enter the username/password combo I choose/entered during the installation.
Thanks for clarifying. I'm not a Mac user, but the initialization dialog box should be followed by another one that gives you some options. Since that doesn't happen, I suggest you try running Splunk from the command line. See http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/6.5.1/Installation/StartSplunkforthefirsttime.
What program are you trying to start? How exactly are you trying to start it (what command are you running)?
Thank you very much for the response. The program is Splunk Enterprise 6.5.1. To start it, I simply click the desktop icon, at which time I see a window stating, "Welcome! Before we start, Splunk needs to perform a brief initialization. This will be done automatically." The only option is to click "Okay," which I do, but then it never updates me on the progress of the initialization, nor has it ever alerted me that the initialization was completed. If I click the desktop icon again before turning off my computer, nothing happens. I am happy to do whatever I need to move forward, but I am a bit lost as to the next step to take.