Hi,I'm also confusing about the retention policy. I want to keep some indexes for 90 days. Now I'm doing some test,when I set maxHotIdleSecs no more than 180,it works fine, it'll archive the index about per 5 minutes. But when I set to 200, 300,600 .... ,it doesn't archive the data according the time I set or doesn't delete the retired data at all.
[os] coldPath = $SPLUNK_DB\os\colddb homePath = $SPLUNK_DB\os\db thawedPath = $SPLUNK_DB\os\thaweddb coldToFrozenDir = d:\frozen frozenTimePeriodInSecs = 10 rotatePeriodInSecs = 10 maxHotIdleSecs = 180
the time retention is controled by frozenTimePeriodInSecs, so for 90 days = 60*60*24*90= 7 776 000 seconds
Please read this http://wiki.splunk.com/Deploy:BucketRotationAndRetention before tuning rotatePeriodInSecs and maxHotIdleSecs they control the hot to warm rotation.
Eventually you could use maxHotIdleSecs=86400 to reduce the span of your hot buckets to 1 day per bucket.
Per this document http://wiki.splunk.com/Deploy:BucketRotationAndRetention, I add a line "maxHotSpanSecs = 200",the data should be retired after 200+10 Secs, but actually it archived the data at below time point: 11:06,12:03,13:03,13:12,14:04,15:03,15:07. So I don't know when it will do the archive job and how to control the retention of the data.