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Editing logs at index time

Explorer

I have splunk indexing a local file that is being continuously written to and I need the first word in each event to not be indexed so that bluecoat will extract the proper fields.

Here is an example log:

Something 2010-06-25 22:09:45 194 123.123.123.123 - - - OBSERVED "none" 0 TUNNELED unknown - ssl 122.122.122.122 443 - - 123.12.12.123 8676 833 - none - - medium *.fubar.com "Sweet Deals"

I need the "Something" to not be indexed or not show up because it is offsetting the field extractions for the bluecoat app.

Any comments are appreciated.

Thanks,

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

You can use the SEDCMD rules in props.conf to do this, something like SEDCMD-something = s/^\S+ //, although you might consider instead setting up a slightly different search-time field extraction for these events to offset/ignore the first field.

http://www.splunk.com/base/Documentation/4.1.3/Admin/Anonymizedatawithsed http://www.splunk.com/base/Documentation/4.1.3/Admin/Propsconf

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

You can use the SEDCMD rules in props.conf to do this, something like SEDCMD-something = s/^\S+ //, although you might consider instead setting up a slightly different search-time field extraction for these events to offset/ignore the first field.

http://www.splunk.com/base/Documentation/4.1.3/Admin/Anonymizedatawithsed http://www.splunk.com/base/Documentation/4.1.3/Admin/Propsconf

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Super Champion

You would have to find which field extractions were broken and then simply add something like "^\S+ " to the front of them. These will be in props.conf, transforms.conf and possibly in searches in the form of rex commands. (So how did you come to the conclusion that your problem was because of and extra field in the front of your data?)

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Explorer

How would one go about setting up a search-time field extraction to offset or ignore the first field?

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

I would recommend the search-time extraction change over using SEDCMD in general.

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