Is there splunk tool chain that simply sends splunk commands to the daemon (does not include daemon and web interface files/binaries.)
I am trying to reduce the footprint of splunk to the point where i can run all the splunk cli commands from any box on the network and these commands get sent to splunk daemon installed on a remote server.
Have you looked at what can be achieved with the REST API ?
I think the poster was asking for if there was a way to install splunk with only the CLI functionality and nothing else, sort of as a standalone remote CLI, if I understood correctly.
You may take a look at this app: Web Terminal for Splunk. With it you will be able to work with Splunk CLI on the remote server right through your browser. It will save you from installing the full version of Splunk just for this simple task.