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The following are the spec and example files for splunk-launch.conf.


#   Version 6.1.2 

# splunk-launch.conf contains values used at startup time, by the splunk command 
# and by windows services.

# Note: this conf file is different from most splunk conf files.  There is only
# one in the whole system, located at $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/splunk-launch.conf; further,
# there are no stanzas, explicit or implicit.  Finally, any
# splunk-launch.conf files in etc/apps/... or etc/users/... will be ignored.

# Lines beginning with a # are considered comments and are ignored.

# Environment variables
# Primarily, this file simply sets environment variables to be used by Splunk
# programs.
# These environment variables are the same type of system environment variables
# that can be set, on unix, using:
#   bourne shells:
#       $ export ENV_VAR=value
#   c-shells:
#       % setenv ENV_VAR value
# or at a windows command prompt:
#   C:\> SET ENV_VAR=value


* Any desired environment variable can be set to any value.
  Whitespace is trimmed from around both the key and value.
* Environment variables set here will be available to all splunk processes,
  barring operating system limitations.

# Specific Splunk environment settings
# These settings are primarily treated as environment variables, though some
# have some additional logic (defaulting). 
# There is no need to explicitly set any of these values in typical environments.

* The comment in the auto-generated splunk-launch.conf is informational, not a
  live setting, and does not need to be uncommented.
* Fully qualified path to the Splunk install directory.
* If unset, Splunk automatically determines the location of SPLUNK_HOME based
  on the location of splunk-launch.conf
    * Specifically, the parent of the directory containing splunk-launch.conf
* Defaults to unset.

* The comment in the auto-generated splunk-launch.conf is informational, not a
  live setting, and does not need to be uncommented.
* Fully qualified path to the directory containing the splunk index directories.
* Primarily used by paths expressed in indexes.conf
* The comment in the autogenerated splunk-launch.conf is informational, not a
  live setting, and does not need to be uncommented.
* If unset, becomes $SPLUNK_HOME/var/lib/splunk (unix) or %SPLUNK_HOME%\var\lib\splunk (windows)
* Defaults to unset.

SPLUNK_BINDIP=<ip address>
* Specifies an interface that splunkd and splunkweb should bind to, as opposed
  to binding to the default for the local operating system.
* If unset, Splunk makes no specific request to the operating system when binding to
  ports/opening a listening socket.  This means it effectively binds to '*'; i.e. 
  an unspecified bind.  The exact result of this is controlled by operating
  system behavior and configuration.
* NOTE: When using this setting you must update mgmtHostPort in web.conf to
  match, or the command line and splunkweb will not know how to
  reach splunkd.
* For splunkd, this sets both the management port and the receiving ports
  (from forwarders).
* Useful for a host with multiple IP addresses, either to enable
  access or restrict access; though firewalling is typically a superior method
  of restriction.
* Overrides the Splunkweb-specific web.conf/[settings]/server.socket_host param;
  the latter is preferred when SplunkWeb behavior is the focus.
* Defaults to unset. 

* If unset (not present), Splunk on Linux will abort startup if it detects
  it is running in an SELinux environment.  This is because in
  shipping/distribution-provided SELinux environments, Splunk will not be
  permitted to work, and Splunk will not be able to identify clearly why.
* This setting is useful in environments where you have configured SELinux to
  enable Splunk to work.
* If set to any value, Splunk will launch, despite the presence of SELinux.
* Defaults to unset.

SPLUNK_OS_USER = <string> | <nonnegative integer>
*	The OS user whose privileges Splunk will adopt when running, if this
	parameter is set.
*	Example: SPLUNK_OS_USER=fnietzsche, but a root login is used to start
	splunkd. Immediately upon starting, splunkd abandons root's privileges,
	and acquires fnietzsche's privileges; any files created by splunkd (index
	data, logs, etc.) will be consequently owned by fnietzsche.  So when
	splunkd is started next time by fnietzsche, files will be readable.
*	When 'splunk enable boot-start -user <U>' is invoked, SPLUNK_OS_USER
	is set to <U> as a side effect.
*	Under UNIX, username or apposite numeric UID are both acceptable;
	under Windows, only a username.

# Service/server names.
# These settings are considered internal, and altering them is not supported.
# Under Windows, they influence the expected name of the service; on UNIX they
# influence the reported name of the appropriate server or daemon process.
# If you want to run multiple instances of Splunk as *services* under Windows,
# you will need to change the names below for 2nd, 3rd, ..., instances.  That is
# because the 1st instance has taken up service names 'Splunkd' and 'Splunkweb',
# and you may not have multiple services with same name.

* Names the splunkd server/service.
* Defaults to splunkd (UNIX), or Splunkd (Windows).

* Names the Python app server / web server/service.
* Defaults to splunkweb (UNIX), or Splunkweb (Windows).


No example
Last modified on 20 June, 2014

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.1.2

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