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Time Difference between events that reoccur with identical messages but at a different time

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I am trying to find a query that can calculate the time difference between 2 events. It should give me the time for the devname, but notice in the screenshot that the same device can have the same set of events happen again and each clubbed, two event instance should be treated separately.

The time calculation needs to start when msg="*Backup to Master*" and conclude when msg="*Master to Backup*"
Here are two queries I tried unsuccessfully. Any help is much appreciated!

Queries:

index=pci_logid=0103027001
 | transaction devname startswith=eval(msg="*Backup to Master*") endswith=eval(msg="*Master to Backup*")
 | search eventcount = 2
 | table devname duration _time 


index=pci_bjs_index msg="*Master to Backup*" OR msg="*Backup to Master*"
 | transaction devname startswith=eval(msg="*Backup to Master*") endswith=eval(msg="*Master to Backup*") keepevicted
 | eval StartTime=_time
 | eval EndTime=_time+duration 
 | table devname StartTime, EndTime

Events:
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Thanks in advance for input! Please also notice the repeats of devnames aforementioned.

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Re: Time Difference between events that reoccur with identical messages but at a different time

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Try this...

 index=pci_logid=0103027001
  | transaction devname startswith="Backup to Master" endswith="Master to Backup" maxevents=2
  | table devname duration _time 

... or this...

 index=pci_logid=0103027001
  | sort 0 devname - _time
  | transaction devname startswith="Backup to Master" endswith="Master to Backup" maxevents=2
  | table devname duration _time 
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Re: Time Difference between events that reoccur with identical messages but at a different time

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Sorry, neither work and actually I tried the first one you shared before. Keep in mind the msg field in the logs don't actually start with those values, it contains.

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Re: Time Difference between events that reoccur with identical messages but at a different time

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Your comment trails off. If you need to post code, then make sure to mark it with the code button (101 010) or put it inside grave accents (under the tilde key ~ on an American keyboard) so that the web interface doesn't treat it as HTML/formatting instructions.

By removing the field name, that should have looked for the plain language anywhere in the _raw. I played around with some test code, and found that in plain quotes, the search terms are treated as search terms, so "Backup to Master" and "Master to Backup" are acting exactly the same.

try this-

| transaction devname endswith=eval(like(_raw,"%Master to Backup%")) startswith=eval(like(_raw,"%Backup to Master%")) 

...and here's some run-anywhere code to show it works

| makeresults  | eval mydata = "A,1 A,2 B,1 C,1 C,2 A,1 D,1 B,2 A,2 D,2" 
| makemv mydata | mvexpand mydata | streamstats count 
| eval _time=_time+count 
| rex field=mydata "(?<devname>.*),(?<rectype>\d)"
| eval BTM=if(rectype=1,"Backup to Master ","Master to Backup ") 
| eval _raw = strftime(_time,"%c")." ".devname." changes state from ".BTM." blah blah " 
| table _time _raw devname count 
| sort 0 devname - _time   
| transaction devname endswith=eval(like(_raw,"%Master to Backup%")) startswith=eval(like(_raw,"%Backup to Master%")) keepevicted=t mvlist=true

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Re: Time Difference between events that reoccur with identical messages but at a different time

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Thanks for the feedback DalJeanis on my commenting and also for your help.
Can you please direct me to a book or document where I can get to be as good as you?
I have "Exploring Splunk" but if you have any resources to share, please do!

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Re: Time Difference between events that reoccur with identical messages but at a different time

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Repeat, repeat, repeat.

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Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Oh, and don't forget to actually apply your skills in real life.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

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