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behavior of props.conf



Had a quick question with regards to props.conf and how it would behave.  We have a directory which has a large number of different logs and we use just one sourcetype for all (*.* in the path in inputs.conf).  

I am planning to setup the following props.conf for this sourcetype as the vast majority of the log files follow this date structure/setup.  However, a few of the logs do not.  I'm just wondering how these logs would behave?  Would they simply revert to the overall system default?  Of course I could setup separate sourcetypes for each file name if need be, but would rather continue with I have for now.

TIME_FORMAT=%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S[\.,]%3N



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Path Finder

I ran into this issue the other day. I ended following this document:



In summary what you'll do is  take the sourcetype you have now, and apply a transform. In that transform you specify a regex pattern that will specify what to use for sourcetype designation. Once you have that, you can either use the FORMAT command to specify the sourcetype like FORMAT = $1.$2. Once I find time, ill send an example from one of my instances. 

0 Karma

Path Finder

the data I have has a format like: Class.Method.Attribute, and I wanted the sourcetype to be SIXPACService:Method:Attribute


TRANSFORMS-SIXPAC = sixpac_services
LINE_BREAKER = ([\r\n]+)\d{4}-\d{2}-\d{2}\d{2}:\d{2}:\d{2}:\.\d+


REGEX = SIXPACService\.(\w+\.)\w+)\s
FORMAT = sourcetype::SIXPACService:$1:$2
DEST_KEY = MetaData:Sourcetype


0 Karma


Events that don't comply with the defined props will inherit the timestamp from the previous event, which may or may not be good enough.

Using a single sourcetype for everything is optimism bordering on laziness.  😀  It's better for each distinct event format to have its own sourcetype (that's what source types are).  A little time spent up-front setting things up will make things easier and better later.

If this reply helps you, Karma would be appreciated.
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