Writing commands

To augment the built-in commands, Splunk provides the ability to write commands in Python and Perl. You can write the commands to modify events, replace events, or even dynamically produce events.

When not to write a command

While external commands can be very useful, if the number of events to be processed is large, or if performance is a concern, it should be considered a last resort. You should make every effort to accomplish the task at hand using the search language built into Splunk, or other built-in features. For instance, if you need:

  • Regular expressions—learn to use rex, regex, and extracted fields
  • To calculate a new field, or modify an existing field—look into eval (search for splunk eval functions with your favorite search ...

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