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Hi i have a timechart

| timechart count by serial_number

is there a way to change the use of _time to another date field?

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yes, you can use any other field which contains a time information:

| eval _time=MyTime

If MyTime is a text string, you can use strptime to convert the string to time. For example, if the MyTime is "03-22-2013 11:55":

| eval MyTimeDate=strptime(MyTime,"%m-%d-%Y %H:%M") | eval _time=MyTime


Sure. timechart is, more or less, an alias for bucket _time | chart <functions> over _time so if you want to use another field, just do

`bucket yourfield | chart <functions> over yourfield`