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How to troubleshoot why a scheduled saved search that populates a summary index does not finalize?

Explorer

Hello,

I have a scheduled saved search which populates a summary index with ~50M events. As the search is triggered, I monitor the progress in the Job Inspector. I noticed that it reaches 100% in about 30mins. After this point, the search fails to report any more progress. I have checked the search.log and the last update is about the "StatsProcessor - flushed stats...." into a gzipped file in the scheduler's job directory. I also checked this directory and in the file status.csv it reports as "FINALIZING". Waiting a couple of hours and no progress.

My concern is that in the flushed results reported a count of ~9M events which is correct for based on the indexed events. However, I use timechartand then untable in order to fill empty buckets and this is the expansion to 50M events.
Also, scheduler's log in index _internal does not report any error or whatever.

Is there another log/process I could check to gather more details? or any more ideas? My limits.conf are configured to handled such big searches as well.

thanks, Dimoklis

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Ok... can you provide your search? Also, consider it running multiple times a day but processing different hours of the day to reduce the number of rows processed per run.

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Ok... can you provide your search? Also, consider it running multiple times a day but processing different hours of the day to reduce the number of rows processed per run.

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Explorer

Did some work around on the way i aggregate the result with stats first. thanks @somesoni2. Marked as answer as it consists a general

best practice

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Influencer

Converting this to an answer because running the search multiple times a day will likely fix the problem. I've found that when you have a search that populates a summary index, it doesn't actually write any data to the summary index until the "finalizing" stage. So, Splunk taking a long time to write 50M results is not surprising to me.

I have to wonder what the use case is for doing this though, as there may be a better way to implement @dimoklis desired outcome. I usually use summary indexing to aggregate data, although I have seen it misused as a lazy way to filter the data within indexes into new indexes (instead of using event routing via props/transforms).

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

How frequent do you run your summary index search? 50 M is a lot of events and would be great if you can increase the frequency to reduce the no of events to be written.

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Explorer

Hi somesoni2 thanks for the reply. I am running it once a day in dead quiet period. Think there is a bottleneck with timechart/untable

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