Indexing files and directories

File and directory-based inputs are the most commonly used ways of getting data into Splunk. The primary need for these types of inputs will be to index logfiles. Almost every application or system produces a logfile, and it is generally full of data that you want to be able to search and report on.

Splunk is able to continuously monitor for new data being written to existing files or new files being added to a directory, and it is able to index this data in real time. Depending on the type of application that creates the logfiles, you would set up Splunk to either monitor an individual file based on its location or scan an entire directory and monitor all the files that exist within it. The latter configuration is ...

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