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Splunk Operational Intelligence Cookbook by Derek Mock, Paul R Johnson, Josh Diakun

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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 minor customizations.

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 might have needed two copies of a script or might have meant playing around with command-line arguments within your scripted input configuration.

By leveraging the modular input capabilities, developers are now able to encapsulate ...

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