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Define child objects

A child object inherits all of the constraints and attributes that belong to its parent object. When you define a new child object, you give it one or more additional constraints, to further focus the dataset that the object represents.

In the previous topic, you added a root object called "Purchase Requests" to track purchases on the Buttercup Games website. This topic takes you through steps to add child objects for tracking successful and failed purchases.

Add a child object

1. In the Buttercup Games object editor page, click Add Object and select Child.

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This opens an editor window, Add Child Object.

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2. Enter the Object Name: Successful Purchases

3. Enter the Object ID: Successful_Purchases

4. Under, Inherit From, select Purchase Requests.

This means that this child object will inherit all the attributes from the parent object, Purchase Requests.

5. Enter Additional Constraints: status=200

This means that the search for the events in this object, when expanded will look something like this:

sourcetype=access_* action=purchase status=200


6. Click Save.

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Add a second child object

Follow steps 1-6 to add another child object named "Failed Purchases", which has the additional constraint to define the status codes for failed purchases.

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Failed purchases can be all status codes that are not successful, status!=200, or just the client and server error codes, status=40* OR status=50*.

This child object should also Inherit From the Purchase Requests root object.

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Next steps

Now that you've created data models, you can generate pivot reports. Continue to the next chapter to learn about Pivot and how to create pivot reports.

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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.3.0, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3, 6.3.4, 6.3.5, 6.3.6, 6.3.7, 6.3.8, 6.3.9, 6.3.10, 6.3.11, 6.3.12, 6.3.13, 6.3.14, 6.4.0, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, 6.4.5, 6.4.6, 6.4.7, 6.4.8, 6.4.9, 6.4.10, 6.4.11


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