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How to use FORMAT search command in a subsearch

Communicator

Hi,

I have a BlueCoat Proxy log in main index

if I run

index="main" sourcetype="bcoat_proxysg" cn="*" | head 10

Splunk returns first 10 events which have cn="*", good!

but if I run

index="main" sourcetype="bcoat_proxysg" [search sourcetype="bcoat_proxysg" cn="*" | head 10 |fields cn | format]

Splunk returns 0 events !

I tried to figure out what is the problem, so I run

index="main" sourcetype="bcoat_proxysg" cn="*" | head 10 | fields cn | format

Splunk returns :

( ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) )

then I tried this :

index="main" sourcetype="bcoat_proxysg" cn="*" ( ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) OR ( cn="Sales" ) )

Splunk returns many events which has cn="Sales"

so, I don't know why I got 0 event when I use search command as below :

index="main" sourcetype="bcoat_proxysg" [search sourcetype="bcoat_proxysg" cn="*" | head 10 |fields cn | format]
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Path Finder

any further response on this please.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Do you have any fields set to the literal asterisk? We have some trouble with that sort of thing.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

There might be a bug such that subsearches do not perform "Private" extractions correctly. Is the field extraction for the the cn field either "App" or "Global", or is it "Private"?

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Communicator

Hi Gkanapathy, here is another case we filed yesterday : http://answers.splunk.com/questions/5296/field-extraction-stopped-working-after-upgrade-from-4-1-3-t... . I don't know if it is the same problem, thanks.

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Communicator

Hi Jrodman , gkanapathy,
thanks for your reply.
because the filed "cn" was extracted by Splunk automatically , not by user, so I think "cn" is not private field.

the event looks like :
2010-4-22 10:27:29 83 10.103.1.215 anthony.keller cn=Sales,ou=groups,dc=acme,dc=com - OBSERVED "Web Advertisements" http://view.atdmt.com/VON/iview/yhxxxvos0160000076von/direct/01/?time=1190758799040297&click=http://... 200 TCP_HIT GET image/gif http spe.atdmt.com 80 ...

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

There's definitely a bug that subsearches don't look at per-user data. Andrea is working on it.

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