Not all data that is useful for operational intelligence comes from logfiles or network ports. Splunk will happily take the output of a command or script and index it along with all of your other data.
Scripted inputs are a very helpful way to get that hard-to-reach data. For example, if you have third-party-supplied command-line programs that can output data you would like to collect, Splunk can run the command periodically and index the results. Typically scripted inputs are often used to pull data from a source, whereas network inputs await a push of data from a source.
This recipe will show you how to configure Splunk on an interval to execute your command and direct the output into Splunk.
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