Splunk Search

Disable default sorting behavior

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Context: existing Splunk installation I'm working with is not very robust when handling search requests due to sheer volume of searchable events.

The question here is - is there a way to make splunk disregard default sorting behavior and return first N found matches as quickly as possible?

The goal here is to use this in conjunction with head clause to make search return first matches as quickly as possible - it is totally OK if events would be presented without prior by-time sorting.

So the expectation is that this approach should make search near-instantaneous provided that filtering expression is broad enough and first N matches could be found very quickly.


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Map/Reduce, the "sorting behavior" goes to the core of Splunk and cannot be disabled.

The best ways to address this problem are: 1) make the Splunk environment better match the search volume (add hardware or reduce the number of searches or both); and 2) make the searches more efficient so they return data faster.

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