Can't log in on command line

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I'm able to log in to the web interface and I'm a splunk admin. But when I try to log in on the command line I get a login failure. Is this something that's been seen before?


The failure message says "Login Failed," I'm using bash on a Red Hat box. All local accounts, my coworkers can login to their splunk accounts on the CLI, but I can't.


I tried again as the splunk user on the box, and the login worked fine. Is there a way to open that capability up to a user other than splunk?

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I hit the same problem recently.  At the end I resolved the problem by using the -auth CLI parameter instead of inputing the password at the "Password:" prompt.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

There is no restriction on who can log in via the CLI.

My guess is that you don't have a home directory defined, or the permissions on your home directory don't permit you to write the necessary information that will persist your session.

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The login ID on the GUI is different from the CLI, although the default credentials are the same (admin:changeme). If you have not changed the credential on the CLI, then use the default. You can change the password if you wish.

Also, on Win7, Splunk has issue with UAC. Run the CMD as Administrator and then perform your CLI commands.


Also, are you trying to use the built-in 'admin' account or one you created? Are you using LDAP for login or local accounts for authentication?

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Needs more ... details. What is the failure message? What shell? What OS?

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