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Custom event renderer: able to access values in multivalued field?

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I'm writing up a custom event renderer to show the differences in two events in a transaction. Naturally, transaction will put in multivalued fields if the values are different between the two events.

I have seen both

<% count = event.fields['_count'] %>

and

<% tags = event.fields.get('_tags','') %>

formations in the search app's discovered.html. Can either of these be used to get values from a multivalued field, or get the count of values in a multivalued field? Or do I have to load up my search with a ton of evals?

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Re: Custom event renderer: able to access values in multivalued field?

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Yes, multivalue fields are accessible via the Python SDK. Let's use the following working example.

Get a search job that has multivalue fields (I coerce that by using makemv😞

my_job = splunk.search.dispatch('| windbag | makemv delim=" " sample | fields sample, host, source')

and then grab the first result to play around with:

result = my_job.results[0]

result is actually an object that contains all of the multivalue data as well as tags:

>>> result.fields.keys()
['sample', 'host', 'source', '_cd', '_raw', '_time']
>>> result.fields['sample']
Je,peux,manger,du,verre,,ça,ne,me,fait,pas,de,mal.
>>> result.fields['sample'][0]
<splunk.search.ResultFieldValue object at 0xa7dd8d0>
>>> result.fields['sample'][0].value
'Je'
>>> result.fields['sample'][0].tags
[]
>>> len(result.fields['sample'])
12
>>> result.fields['sample'][11].value
'mal.'

From the example above, you'll note that:

  • the base ResultField object will return a convenience string that is a concatenation of all of its values
  • applying an index selector to the ResultField object will pull out each multivalue field individually
  • the multivalue field values are stored in an array
  • the individual ResultFieldValue object contains 'value' and 'tags' members

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Re: Custom event renderer: able to access values in multivalued field?

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So, in answer to my immediate question, <% makovar = event.fields['mvfield'][1] %> was able to access my second multivalued field value, and <% fieldcount = len(event.fields['mvfield']) %> got me how many values there were. I never knew this was python - thanks!

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