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Troubleshooting Manual

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Too many search jobs

A real-time (all-time) scheduled search might spawn many search jobs in the search dispatch directory when alert throttling is not enabled. This might negatively affect search performance.


Splunk Web displays a warning about too many search jobs in the dispatch directory.


Make sure that alert throttling is configured for any real-time all-time scheduled searches. Configure throttling in Settings > Searches, reports, and alerts. See Throttle alerts in the Alerting Manual.

If alert throttling is configured and you still see this warning, make the alert expiration shorter than the default of 24 hours. For example, change "alert expiration time" from 24 hours to 1 hour (or less, if you need your alert triggered very frequently). See Additional alert configuration options in the Alerting Manual.

The Distributed Management Console has a helpful view, Distributed search: Instance. The view provides details on search artifacts, including time to reap the dispatch directory.

Last modified on 17 September, 2018
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 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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