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Why is searching with NOT or != being ignored in search results?

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Anyone else seen this before? I'm building a search, then telling Splunk to NOT or using field!=something and Splunk is straight up ignoring it and showing the field anyway I've tried using quotes, NOT versus != and explicit typing out the value instead of using a wildcard.

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If you use NOT, try using parens around the search string you are trying to exclude. I've also seen it make a difference whether you are using a raw search or a datamodel / tstats search. When using !=, make sure to be specifying a field, such as query !="*.arpa". There are plenty of times, I have to monkey around with the order of my syntax, but ultimately, I can get data excluded from search results. Just be careful with your use of wildcards, quotes and make sure that the field names actually exist when using !=

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The last time this happened to me, I had spelled the field name incorrectly.

Please share samples of your data and your failed searches so we figure out what's wrong.

If this reply helps you, Karma would be appreciated.
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