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How to calculate time difference of 2 events with logs that do not have a common string?

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Hi,
I have Siebel logs like below:
event 1:
MessageFlow MsgFlowDetail 4 00005609588f0d40:0 2017-01-30 09:38:48 7676: Returned from SessionHandleMsg(200) for task 27263382, pErrStack = 0x2a2d6bf0
..
.. (after few events)
event n:
MessageFlow MsgFlowDetail 4 00005609588f0d40:0 2017-01-30 09:38:47 7676: Calling SessionHandleMsg(200) for task 27263382, pErrStack = 0x2a2d6bf0

I need to extract the timestamp and find difference to get response time data.

Thanks

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Re: How to calculate time difference of 2 events with logs that do not have a common string?

Motivator

I see almost everything common between the two strings:

MessageFlow MsgFlowDetail 4 00005609588f0d40:0 2017-01-30 09:38:48 7676: Returned from SessionHandleMsg(200) for task 27263382, pErrStack = 0x2a2d6bf0
..
.. (after few events)
event n:
MessageFlow MsgFlowDetail 4 00005609588f0d40:0 2017-01-30 09:38:47 7676: Calling SessionHandleMsg(200) for task 27263382, pErrStack = 0x2a2d6bf0

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Re: How to calculate time difference of 2 events with logs that do not have a common string?

Influencer

If the field with value 00005609588f0d40:0 is your MessageFlowID, you can do <search> | transaction mflowID startsWith="Calling" endsWith="Returned"
After the search executes, you will have a new field called duration generated by the transaction command that gives you the delta between start and end of this "transaction".

Note: transaction is a pretty expensive command, use it over the smallest event set/time frame possible. If this produces what you want, you may be able to rewrite the search more efficiently without using transaction. You can take a look at this answer for an example.

But first things first.

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Re: How to calculate time difference of 2 events with logs that do not have a common string?

Engager

Thanks for the answer.

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Re: How to calculate time difference of 2 events with logs that do not have a common string?

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Do not use transaction; try this:

You Base Search | stats range(_time) BY mflowID
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