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Implementing Splunk - Second Edition by James D Miller, Vincent Bumgarner

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How and when to backfill summary data

If you are building reports against summary data, you need enough time represented in your summary index. If your report represents only a day or two, then you can probably just wait for the summary to have enough information. If you need the report to work sooner rather than later, or the time frame is longer, then you can backfill your summary index.

Using fill_summary_index.py to backfill

The fill_summary_index.py script allows you to backfill the summary index for any time period that you like. It does this by running the saved searches which you have defined to populate your summary indexes, but only for the time periods you specify.

To use the script, follow the given procedure:

  1. Create your scheduled search, ...

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