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Implementing Splunk: Big Data Reporting and Development for Operational Intelligence by Vincent Bumgarner

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Using fields to search

When we explored the GUI in Chapter 1, The Splunk Interface, you probably noticed fields everywhere. Fields appear in the field picker on the left and under every event. Where fields actually come from is transparent to the user, who simply searches for key=value. We will discuss adding new fields in Chapter 3, Tables, Charts, and Fields, and in Chapter 10, Configuring Splunk.

Using the field picker

The field picker gives us easy access to the fields currently defined for the results of our query. Clicking on any field presents us with details about that field in our current search results.

Using the field picker

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