Can't set permissions for the navigation menu

Path Finder

I am running Splunk version 5.0.2.

I want to add write permissions for the navigation menu to a user role. I go to "Manager » User interface » Navigation menus" as the admin user and click the Permissions link for the entry "default". I check the appropriate user role in the Write column and click Save.
The file /opt/splunk/etc/apps/search/metadata/local.meta show this for the navigation menu file:

access = read : [ * ], write : [ admin, naviwrite ]
owner = nobody
version = xxxx
modtime = xxxx

Users in naviwrite can't edit/save the content of the navigation menu entry "default".

When I click on the Permissions link again, the only role ticked in the Write column is admin. The content of local.meta still shows

access = read : [ * ], write : [ admin, naviwrite ]

The test setup does not have these problems.
Looks like local.meta is totally ignored.

How can I get this to work?

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

I dont expect anyone to respond, but I found a specific problem that was causing similar issues.

If there is a menu shared globally with the same title (usually default) It will override all settings for any local app menus that have the same name.

In my case it all objects for a TA were shared globally, including a default menu.


Interestingly enough we didn't have an issue with the Splunk TA for Linux and Windows shipping out with the Nav bar shared globally UNTIL we attempted to change the permissions of the Nav bar in one of the apps. This created a couple lines in the local.meta file specific to the app level permissions to this object but somehow wasn't handled gracefully by Splunk (aka the globally shared nav bar permissions appeared to kick in ala exambra_splunk's post)

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Path Finder

I have the same issue in Splunk 6.0.3 on Windows. Once all the global default.xml navs were set to app-only. everything worked. I will submit a bug to Splunk

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I have the same problem! can somebody please answer this question!!!

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Path Finder

Yes. local.meta and navigation menu are both within the search app context.
navigaion menu:
or after the admin user made changes:

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Is the local.meta in the same app where the nav to be edited is?

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