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How to run operations on values from a main search and sub search?

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I have a log file that shows the number of jobs that have been started by an application and the jobs that have been completed. I am trying to determine the jobs that are still running ("Jobs Started" - "Job completed"). I have tried the query below but it is not working:

$Request$ host="host*" Job complete | stats count as var1 | Append [ search $Request$ host="host*" Processing Job | stats count  as var2] |eval diff=var1-var2 | table diff 

Does anyone have ideas on how to accomplish this?

Thanks
Kafayat

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I suspect that the subsearch is timing out if you're running it like that - that is to say, without specifying the index and sourcetype. It is enormously inefficient to run a search without specifying index and sourcetype. But maybe $Request$actually contains those; I obviously don't know. So step 1: ensure you are specifying index and sourcetype.

But step two will be to combine the two searches, especially since they both will be searching the same log. Here's a good way to combine them:

index=something sourcetype=whatever $Request$ host="host*" "Job complete" OR "Processing Job"
| stats count(eval(like(_raw, "%Job complete%"))) AS completed_count count(eval(like(_raw, "%Processing Job%"))) AS processing_count
| eval diff=completed_count - processing_count 
| table diff

If the values "Job complete" and "Processing Job" are actually extracted out into a field at search time, you could make this even more efficient by replacing _raw in the stats line with the name of the field that contains those values.

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I suspect that the subsearch is timing out if you're running it like that - that is to say, without specifying the index and sourcetype. It is enormously inefficient to run a search without specifying index and sourcetype. But maybe $Request$actually contains those; I obviously don't know. So step 1: ensure you are specifying index and sourcetype.

But step two will be to combine the two searches, especially since they both will be searching the same log. Here's a good way to combine them:

index=something sourcetype=whatever $Request$ host="host*" "Job complete" OR "Processing Job"
| stats count(eval(like(_raw, "%Job complete%"))) AS completed_count count(eval(like(_raw, "%Processing Job%"))) AS processing_count
| eval diff=completed_count - processing_count 
| table diff

If the values "Job complete" and "Processing Job" are actually extracted out into a field at search time, you could make this even more efficient by replacing _raw in the stats line with the name of the field that contains those values.

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This worked flawlessly! Thank You

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