PDF rendering sucks. Badly.



We're attempting to generate PDF reports from one of our dashboards. The dashboard is laid out like:

| Section 1 - double width |

| Section 2 || Section 3 |

| Section 4 || Section 5 |

| Section 6 - double width |

All of these charts get chopped off at the right-hand side, no matter what paper size and orientation we choose (although if we use A2 they all at least fit on the one page).

And the bottom graph never contains any data, although there's definitely data in the dashboard.

Now maybe we're doing something wrong, but judging from the amount of unanswered questions I've come across regarding PDF support in Splunk, I'm starting to think that it simply doesn't work very well.

Has anybody got any clues?



Tags (2)

Path Finder

Please see my answer to this for a workaround to part of your problem (the data getting cut off problem).

As for the data not showing up problem, there may be different timeout settings for different users and the pdf server itself, but we were not able to resolve this issue despite changing them...

0 Karma

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

I have in certain cases used A0 before in order to fit all the panels in. It would depends on your actual usage for the PDF reports, but for my case it was actually for historical/archival purposes and at no times are we going to print a A0 page out.

0 Karma

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Here's a link to a relatively new docs topic on troubleshooting PDF printing:

I don't think it will help you in this particular case, since you're already experimenting with page orientations. (BTW, did you really mean A2, not A4? Yikes!) But who knows, maybe you'll run into another issue that it can help with.

Get Updates on the Splunk Community!

Understanding Generative AI Techniques and Their Application in Cybersecurity

Watch On-Demand Artificial intelligence is the talk of the town nowadays, with industries of all kinds ...

.conf24 | Registration Open!

Hello, hello! I come bearing good news: Registration for .conf24 is now open!   conf is Splunk’s rad annual ...

Using the Splunk Threat Research Team’s Latest Security Content

REGISTER HERE Tech Talk | Security Edition Did you know the Splunk Threat Research Team regularly releases ...