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Is there any way to set a higher default "bins=xxx" for timechart setting?

SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

I know I can override the default bins=100 in any particular search. Is there any way to set something slightly higher as the default?

Use case: The majority of our timechart based searches bucket reasonably well, but both Weekly and Business Weekly reports should not trigger a bump to the next bin size (daily) and should remain hourly. Unfortunately, I don't wish to have to add "bins=170" or bins="200" to all searches and would like a way to set it as the default, which sounds like a very reasonable knob that ought to be available. I can't find it though.

I can't just set span=1h because the searches may vary between "show me today" to "show me the previous year." I need to keep the dynamic span aspect, just have a few more buckets available before it kicks me into larger buckets.

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Motivator

have you looked at this parameter in limits.conf:

[discretize]
* This stanza set attributes for bin/bucket/discretize.

default_time_bins = <integer>
* When discretizing time for timechart or explicitly via bin, the default bins to use if no span or bins is specified.
* Defaults to 100

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Motivator

have you looked at this parameter in limits.conf:

[discretize]
* This stanza set attributes for bin/bucket/discretize.

default_time_bins = <integer>
* When discretizing time for timechart or explicitly via bin, the default bins to use if no span or bins is specified.
* Defaults to 100

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Works perfectly. After double-checking and all that, I added

[discretize]
default_time_bins = 200

to /opt/splunk/etc/system/local/limits.conf, restarted splunk and now weekly searches default to hourly bins. Perfect.