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how to snap to time unit of 5 minutes


for example: if the current time 5:23:20 PM, how can i get the time 4:55:00 PM. and if the current time 5:26:12 PM, how can i get time 5:20:00 PM, and so on

i know splunk provide one minute time uint. for example -5m@m. if there is 5 minute time unit, or some alternative way to get same result?

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

I don't think there is an straightforward way. However, you can express it first by finding out how many seconds are in your "snap-to" unit. For something like earliest=-15m@5m latest=-10m@5m, you can do

sourcetype=mysourcetype [ stats count | eval earliest=5*60*(floor(now()-(15*60)/(5*60))) | eval latest=5*60*(floor(now()-(10*60)/(5*60))) | fields earliest latest ]
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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

I'm pretty sure he wants to snap the time range of a search to the nearest 5m rather than the nearest 1m or 1d or 1h unit.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

if i have understood you correctly you want to set the timeframe for a search. If so you can use the info found here.
This here is for absolute timeframe.
Note, you can even use epoch time if needed.

Hope this helped.

Super Champion

Your examples don't seem to be consistent. Also, what's the context you are trying to do this in? Are you trying to set the timeframe for a search, or are you talking about date manipulation using fields with a search?

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