Using modular inputs
Since Splunk 5.0, the ability to extend data input functionality has existed such that custom input types can be created and shared while still allowing for user customization to meet needs.
Modular inputs build further upon the scripted input model. Originally, any additional functionality required by the user had to be contained within a script. However, this presented a challenge, as no customization of this script could occur from within Splunk itself. For example, pulling data from a source for two different usernames needed two copies of a script or meant playing around with command-line arguments within your scripted input configuration.
By leveraging the modular input capabilities, the developers are now able to encapsulate ...