Deleting your indexes and indexed data
While Splunk continues to write data (events) to its indexes, you can remove specified indexed data or even an entire index from your Splunk environment. So, let's have a look at how to do this.
Deleting Splunk events
Splunk affords the
delete special operator to delete events from your Splunk searches. The Splunk
delete operator flags all the events returned so that future searches don't return them. This data will not be visible to any user (even admin permission users) when searching. However, just flagging this data using
delete does not free up the disk space, as data is not removed from the index; it is just invisible to searches.
In Chapter 2, Advanced Searching, we discussed the Splunk search pipeline ...