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Known issues

The following are issues and workarounds for this version of Splunk Enterprise.

Issues are listed in all relevant sections. Some issues appear more than once.

Refer to System requirements in the Installation Manual for a list of supported platforms and architectures.

For a list of deprecated features and platforms, refer to Deprecated features in this manual.

Upgrade issues

This section lists issues that customers have reported when upgrading from an earlier version of Splunk Enterprise. If you are considering an upgrade, please read "How to upgrade Splunk Enterprise" in the Installation Manual.

Date filed Issue number Description
2014-08-20 SPL-89640 When running Splunk on Linux as non-root user and using RPM to upgrade, the RPM writes $SPLUNK_HOME/var/log/introspection as root, causing errors upon restarts

Workaround:
Chown the $SPLUNK_HOME/var/log/introspection directory to the user Splunk Enterprise runs as after upgrading and before restarting Splunk Enterprise.
2013-08-19 SPL-73386 Users are not allowed to run historical scheduled search

Workaround:
1. Create a special power/admin user who can run scheduled searches.

2. Assign this user ownership of the scheduled searches.

3. Share the searches at the app level and grant read/write permission to the correct set of users.

Data input issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2017-07-07 SPL-142942 splunk-powershell.ps1 gets stuck in EndInvoke call when an exception is encountered
2017-06-20 SPL-142525, SPL-144297, SPL-144353, SPL-146786 Duplicated events when indexing csv files with INDEXED_EXTRACTIONS

Workaround:
set initCrcLength = <integer> for stanza in question higher than any possible file size.

Example if file size is 2410. Then setting initCrcLength = 2415 will avoid the issue.

2015-11-12 SPL-109362 When the disk runs out of space for the limit set in the server.conf, add data workflow gets stuck with "Uploading file" message modal in the review stage
2015-05-22 SPL-101981 Field extractions do not work when sourcetypes use quotes in the Getting Data In interface.
2015-03-17 SPL-98163 INDEXED_EXTRACTIONS=W3C is truncating field cs_uri_stem when spaces are present in URL

Workaround:
Create a separate extraction in props.conf where defined w3c extraction method:

EXTRACT-cs_uri_stem1 = (GET|POST) (?<cs_uri_stem1>[^-]++)

2014-03-10 SPL-81637 Splunkd preview runs indefinitely on any file preview with "DATETIME_CONFIG=none".
2013-10-29 SPL-75764 Forwarder forwards duplicate data after props.conf is in place for cross platform scenario/when the forwarder is on Solaris and the indexer is on Linux.
2013-10-11 SPL-75116 The UI does not show configured items of some newly converted windows modular inputs that contain the name "default" in the stanza

Workaround:
Edit inputs.conf: in stanzas that contain WinRegMon://default, replace "default" with something else, then restart splunk.
2013-09-10 SPL-74209, SPL-74167 Persistent queues are not created on Windows for stanzas that contain unusual characters (such as < and >).

Workaround:
Specify the persistentQueue explicitly in the input definition.

Search issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2018-10-17 SPL-161649, SPL-138177 Workflow action menu stops rendering when using invalid special parameter tokens
2018-02-26 SPL-151213, SPL-149088 Exporting the results in csv format from from any app on splunk, Customer sees alternate blank rows ie exported CSV file.
2018-02-26 SPL-151212, SPL-149088 Exporting the results in csv format from from any app on splunk, Customer sees alternate blank rows ie exported CSV file.
2017-06-05 SPL-142239 After upgrading to 6.5.x, significant increase in search dispatch times (Job Inspector: startup.handoff) and count of "skipped" and "continued" searches due to delays in search process reuse

Workaround:
Disable search process reuse on the SHs and indexers using this workaround:

limits.conf [search] max_searches_per_process = 1

2017-05-25 SPL-142008, SPL-131720 Search message reporting slow configuration initialization should not be shown to cloud customers (users & admins)
2017-03-31 SPL-140667, SPL-140782, SPL-140783 Wildcard for srchIndexesAllowed does not appear to work for custom indexes.
2017-01-24 SPL-135504, SPL-134343 Admin user sharing a search via the 'Share' button to a non-admin user may result in 'Permission Denied' for user when clicking the link

Workaround:
Saved search as Report first, then Run search, then click Share and send link to non-admin user. Or share normally and then change the permissions on the search job through the Job Manager page.
2017-01-24 SPL-135505, SPL-134343 Admin user sharing a search via the 'Share' button to a non-admin user may result in 'Permission Denied' for user when clicking the link

Workaround:
Saved search as Report first, then Run search, then click Share and send link to non-admin user. Or share normally and then change the permissions on the search job through the Job Manager page.
2017-01-19 SPL-135284, SPL-138274 Bad function error when saving valid eval for a calculated field
2017-01-06 SPL-134715 Long-running searches using Safari browser terminate with "Unknown sid" error

Workaround:
1. Use a browser other than Safari

2. If using Safari browser, keep the tab where the search is running in focus at all times, until the search has completed.

2016-11-29 SPL-133182 When two datasets have identical names but one is local (private) while the other is global, attempts to view or extend the global dataset use results from the local dataset instead.
2016-10-13 SPL-130257 Dataset doesn't work if user has name with non-ascii characters
2016-10-10 SPL-129956 Memory leak in Chrome/Firefox with realtime searches after 6.2

Workaround:
Likely workaround would be to reduce the dashboard refresh interval.
2016-10-07 SPL-129907, SPL-131250 Tabs within a dashboard post-process search query cause the search to return no results

Workaround:
Replace all tab characters with spaces in dashboard Simple XML source code.
2016-09-15 SPL-128845, SPL-131106, SPL-131108, SPL-145346 Distributed Search: Deployment -- inaccurate Average/Max Time to Reap Dispatch Directory value
2016-04-27 SPL-118911 In SHC, referenced saved real-time searches in a dashboard do not stream results.

Workaround:
See Troubleshoot referenced real-time searches for workaround details.


2015-06-17 SPL-103247 Filtering on _time uses different semantics for the "=" operator on microseconds depending on whether the value is quoted.
2015-04-23 SPL-100170 Automatic Lookups limitation: No results returned in Smart Mode when there are nested lookups and the intermediate field is not mentioned in the search.
2014-12-22 SPL-94910 The replace function does not apply to fields names with an underscore in them.

Workaround:
Rename the fields before the replace.

... | rename *_* AS *-* | replace "something" by "somethingelse"

2014-11-13 SPL-93039 The relevancy search command does not work, always returning 0 or -inf.
2014-10-02 SPL-91638, SPL-107375 For scheduled searches in a search head cluster, empty search jobs may appear in the job inspector for a cluster member.
2014-09-15 SPL-90861, SPL-90396, SPL-90886 If search encounters invalid offsets or invalid rawdata at TSIDX offsets, it skips reading any number of events from that bucket. No message is displayed, though the information is added to search.log.
2014-04-16 SPL-83129 Eval function strptime does not return results when 1970 date is used.
2014-04-04 SPL-82650 A report created and scheduled by admin cannot be embedded by a power user.
2014-03-27 SPL-82357 The splunk clean all -f CLI command doesn't remove data from the main index on Windows systems.
2014-03-15 SPL-81934 For clusters, may be unable to open search results output file for search results in a cluster.

Workaround:
Write to a temp file and rename to the target file.
2014-02-21 SPL-80942 Flashtimeline: 500 Internal Server Error when pasting long URL into panel name.
2013-12-18 SPL-78179 REST /saved/searches App names with special characters have invalid links.
2013-08-19 SPL-73386 Users are not allowed to run historical scheduled search

Workaround:
1. Create a special power/admin user who can run scheduled searches.

2. Assign this user ownership of the scheduled searches.

3. Share the searches at the app level and grant read/write permission to the correct set of users.

Saved search, alerting, scheduling, and job management issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2018-02-07 SPL-148958, SPL-153147, SPL-153148, SPL-153149, SPL-153150 tstats will not return any results from an Accelerated Datamodel/Namespace/tscollect job if the raw event has 2-byte characters
2017-11-29 SPL-146802 Distributed environment requires index defined on search head for log event alerts
2017-03-21 SPL-140179, SPL-140852, SPL-140853 Email generated by backgrounded search includes incorrect search syntax
2017-02-01 SPL-136101, SPL-134527 (Ivory) - Customer is missing email alerts - only message is "ERROR sendemail:1199 - expected string or buffer"
2016-12-21 SPL-134392 datamodels with a baseSearch that references the same datamodel leads to unstable Splunk instance
2016-10-31 SPL-131111, SPL-134375 Sporadically, scheduled searches delayed or skipped on search-head cluster
2016-10-20 SPL-130574, SPL-131933 Crashing thread: TcpChannelThread
2016-09-23 SPL-129285 The search scheduler (SavedSplunker) has scaling problems with high disabled user count and external auth systems (SAML & LDAP)
2015-11-15 SPL-109471 For Real Time Scheduled Search in search head cluster, alerts are triggered twice when members cannot HB to captain
2015-04-09 SPL-99421 Long name of app causes accelerated search to not complete normally and shows invalid results on Windows 2008 R2

Workaround:
Reduce length of name of the app and report acceleration searches will run properly within the context of the app.
2014-08-15 SPL-89332 Report acceleration summaries do not show in Settings when you have hundreds of reports accelerated.
2014-08-05 SPL-88396 After configuring a client name for a deployment client, the name is not shown in the Forwarder Management UI

Workaround:
Create a server class, where you can see the client name, and use that group when you add data.
2014-05-01 SPL-83686 Data Model Pivot: Extra NULL column displays in Pivot with big data and Numbered Attribute in Split Columns.

Workaround:
The workaround is to add filter status=*, or make a more refined Data Model that has an object for events with status.
2014-03-24 SPL-82262, SPL-82241 Pivot search command fails for an admin trying to pivot on a Private Data Model created by a User.
2014-03-20 SPL-82164 Migrating invalid data models from 6.0 to 6.x fails.
2014-03-19 SPL-82133 Data model allows users to upload a JSON file which has Field names with spaces but will not validate it.
2014-03-10 SPL-81645 Data model exhibits sticky UI when "transaction group by object" name has a single (x) character.
2013-11-26 SPL-77054, SPL-77055 Data model objects that have names starting with an underscore character ("_") do not work correctly and cannot be used in Pivot.

Charting, reporting, and visualization issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2018-10-17 SPL-161649, SPL-138177 Workflow action menu stops rendering when using invalid special parameter tokens
2017-07-24 SPL-143311, SPL-78612 Deleting a dashboard with a scheduled PDF does not also delete the scheduled view on stand alone SH
2017-01-04 SPL-135805 Allow dashboard chart height limits to be greater than 1000 pixels
2016-11-04 SPL-131452 Dashboard editor raises a validation warning when "depends" or "rejects" attributes are added to a time input
2016-10-21 SPL-130646, SPL-131934 token value does not reflect a label name in 6.5.0

Workaround:
Converting the dashboard to HTML will solve this issue.
2016-10-10 SPL-129956 Memory leak in Chrome/Firefox with realtime searches after 6.2

Workaround:
Likely workaround would be to reduce the dashboard refresh interval.
2016-10-07 SPL-129907, SPL-131250 Tabs within a dashboard post-process search query cause the search to return no results

Workaround:
Replace all tab characters with spaces in dashboard Simple XML source code.
2016-09-15 SPL-128819, SPL-130243, SPL-130245 Editing panel in dashboard removes charting.legend.masterlegend option

Workaround:
Use <option name="charting.legend.masterLegend">null</option>
2016-04-27 SPL-118911 In SHC, referenced saved real-time searches in a dashboard do not stream results.

Workaround:
See Troubleshoot referenced real-time searches for workaround details.


2015-03-31 SPL-98890 Maps printed from Report page do not honor custom zoom and center.
2015-02-23 SPL-97193 The initial value for Multiselect input does not display properly in Visualizations Editor if input has empty string.

Data model and pivot issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2018-02-07 SPL-148958, SPL-153147, SPL-153148, SPL-153149, SPL-153150 tstats will not return any results from an Accelerated Datamodel/Namespace/tscollect job if the raw event has 2-byte characters
2017-06-08 SPL-142300 Dedicated 6.5.1 SH suddenly starts crashing randomly

Workaround:
No workaround currently known.
2016-12-21 SPL-134392 datamodels with a baseSearch that references the same datamodel leads to unstable Splunk instance
2016-11-01 SPL-131204, SPL-131334 Set action to 'Open in Search' for reports containing 'pivot' followed by other commands (multiple pipes)
2016-10-20 SPL-130574, SPL-131933 Crashing thread: TcpChannelThread
2014-12-08 SPL-94047, SPL-98628 While creating a Pivot and using the _time column as a Split column, the table columns aren't formatted in a human readable way, but displayed with the epoc timestamp.It works when using _time as a 'Split Row' column.
2014-05-01 SPL-83686 Data Model Pivot: Extra NULL column displays in Pivot with big data and Numbered Attribute in Split Columns.

Workaround:
The workaround is to add filter status=*, or make a more refined Data Model that has an object for events with status.
2014-03-24 SPL-82262, SPL-82241 Pivot search command fails for an admin trying to pivot on a Private Data Model created by a User.
2014-03-20 SPL-82164 Migrating invalid data models from 6.0 to 6.x fails.
2014-03-19 SPL-82133 Data model allows users to upload a JSON file which has Field names with spaces but will not validate it.
2014-03-11 SPL-81701 Data Model Pivot, "Legend Position" and "Stack Mode" change to default settings if you change the X/Y-Axis more than once.
2014-03-10 SPL-81645 Data model exhibits sticky UI when "transaction group by object" name has a single (x) character.
2014-03-07 SPL-81538 When using Pivot, stack mode is lost when "Scatter Chart" is selected.
2013-11-26 SPL-77054, SPL-77055 Data model objects that have names starting with an underscore character ("_") do not work correctly and cannot be used in Pivot.

Indexer and indexer clustering issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2017-01-23 SPL-135498, SPL-136771, SPL-146686, SPL-146687 tsidx file disappeared
2017-01-18 SPL-135257 Indexers crash during rolling upgrade while pushing bundles with hidden files

Workaround:
remove hidden files from the bundle
2017-01-18 SPL-135193, SPL-135667, SPL-135668 Indexer peers down after 6.4-to-6.5 upgrade
2016-12-30 SPL-134515, SPL-138448, SPL-138472 v6.5.1 Freezing bucket failed with the following errors for thousands of buckets over all Cluster Peers
2016-08-25 SPL-127353 Data rebalance finishes early when one peer is the source for all buckets

Workaround:
when only one indexer in a cluster indexed data (has all the searchable copies), rebalance once before adding the new indexer, and then rebalance a second time
2016-07-14 SPL-124243 indexer cluster data rebalance does not balance primary copies by index
2015-05-08 SPL-101184 Rolling restart in an Indexer Cluster may not be successful on a peer if a oneshot command is also running on that peer. Perform a manual restart to revive the peer.
2014-10-13 SPL-91861 On Windows indexer on an ec2 instance, splunk-optimize main thread can crash on buckets on the temporary drive z:\>.
2014-09-29 SPL-91432 On Windows when the master is down, the CLI command splunk offlinehangs when run from one of the streaming target peers.
2014-09-08 SPL-90630 On a multisite cluster, no warning is given when search head names are the same.
2014-08-29 SPL-90331 Multi-site indexer cluster doesn't meet replication factor/search head factor due to bucket issue.

Workaround:
From the endpoint, add the buckets missing RF/SF to the to_fix list.

endpoint: https://[host]:[port]/services/cluster/master/buckets/{bucket_id}/fix

2014-07-29 SPL-87816 When implementing an indexer cluster or search head cluster, you cannot set pass4SymmKey in the general stanza. The system default values in the clustering and shclustering stanzas override any user-provided values in the general stanza.

Workaround:
Set the value in the [clustering] or [shclustering] stanza, depending on the type of cluster you're implementing.
2014-07-14 SPL-86799 After adding a new license to the clustering search head, splunkd on restart cannot be reached by splunkweb.
2014-04-29 SPL-83636 If you first configure a master with default RF/SF and then give the misconfiguration command, you get an error message that is wrong.
2014-03-18 SPL-82038 Cluster-config does not work if a parameter value includes a space character.
2014-03-17 SPL-81955 Multisite: Peer takes approximately 6 minutes to restart when its site configuration is changed.
2014-01-06 SPL-78688 Peer is able to change to an invalid (empty) replication port
2013-08-06 SPL-72484 You cannot use the CLI to delete an index with a capital letter in its name.
2013-07-03 SPL-70433 Clustering error "unexpected duplicate app" for apps in both $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps and $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/slave-apps.

Distributed search and search head clustering issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2017-11-29 SPL-146802 Distributed environment requires index defined on search head for log event alerts
2017-10-02 SPL-145346, SPL-128845 Distributed Search: Deployment -- inaccurate Average/Max Time to Reap Dispatch Directory value
2017-04-04 SPL-140831, SPL-142888, SPL-142889 Splunk not cleaning up $SPLUNK_HOME/var/run/searchpeers of .delta files and matching directories whose only non-empty subdirectory has the .index extension

Workaround:
Increase max_memtable_bytes under [lookup] inside limits.conf so that the largest lookup won't get indexed.
2017-01-30 SPL-135941, SPL-136243, SPL-136245, SPL-136246 Subsearch ignores default distributed search group in distsearch.conf
2016-12-03 SPL-133450, SPL-134083, SPL-134084, SPL-134427 6.5+ splunk does full bundle replication everytime - slowing down the system
2016-11-22 SPL-132801, SPL-129943 metrics.log Metrics reporting gaps due to contention with bundle replication
2016-11-10 SPL-131908, SPL-131030 Clarify fetch_remote_search_log in limits.conf.spec
2016-10-31 SPL-131108, SPL-128845 Distributed Search: Deployment -- inaccurate Average/Max Time to Reap Dispatch Directory value
2016-10-31 SPL-131111, SPL-134375 Sporadically, scheduled searches delayed or skipped on search-head cluster
2016-07-12 SPL-124085 On Search Head Cluster It is not possible to remove an App from the SHs once it has been disabled.
2016-05-23 SPL-121147 Long file path (>255 characters) can break the tarball creation and lead to snapshot creation failure

Workaround:
Remove the files with long names. Or rename them to shorter names.

Verify that the snapshots can be created successfully in Template:Var/run/splunk/snapshot folder. Also no more "Error creating snapshot" message is logged in splunkd.log.

2015-11-15 SPL-109471 For Real Time Scheduled Search in search head cluster, alerts are triggered twice when members cannot HB to captain
2015-09-23 SPL-106978 Failed SHC captain election causes unnecessary change in server.conf
2015-02-26 SPL-97385 $SPLUNK_HOME/var/run/splunk/snapshot contains large tarballs in the presence of large ES lookup table files.

Workaround:
The allowable size of the download can be increased by setting the following in server.conf.

[httpServer] max_content_length = 1500MB

The other option is to disable the search which controls the generation of the large lookup file. In this case, the search is:

[Endpoint - Local Processes Tracker - Lookup Gen]

2014-08-25 SPL-90028 Using "inputcsv dispatch=true" to read a CSV from a dispatch directory may not work on search head cluster members that have a replica of the desired artifact.
2014-08-14 SPL-89131 In a search head cluster, the search Job management page on cluster member doesn't immediately reflect 'isSaved' state after you click Save.
2014-08-02 SPL-88228 When user clicks on the RSS feed for an alert, search pool information is not displayed. Individual pool member information is displayed, however.

Universal forwarder issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2015-04-14 SPL-99687, SPL-129637 Splunk universal forwarder is 7-10 days behind recent Windows Security and system log events.

Workaround:
To mitigate this, edit the following stanza in inputs.conf: [WinEventLog://Security] evt_resolve_ad_obj = 0.
2015-04-07 SPL-99316 Universal Forwarders stop sending data repeatedly throughout the day

Workaround:
In limits.conf, try changing file_tracking_db_threshold_mb in the [inputproc] stanza to a lower value.
2014-08-05 SPL-88396 After configuring a client name for a deployment client, the name is not shown in the Forwarder Management UI

Workaround:
Create a server class, where you can see the client name, and use that group when you add data.
2013-09-18 SPL-74427, SPL-74448 The Splunk universal forwarder installer for Solaris 10 does not add the splunk user when you attempt to install it using the pkgadd command. This results in the script generating lots of errors.

Workaround:
To work around this issue, create a splunk user on your system before attempting to run the installer.

Distributed deployment, forwarder, deployment server issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2014-10-02 SPL-91648, SPL-91358 Forwarder unable to push scripted inputs to a Linux deployment client from a Windows deployment server.
2014-08-15 SPL-89333 Using client filtering in forwarder management interface when the deployment server is servicing a large numbers of deployment clients (over approximately 5000) can cause a temporary spike in memory usage.
2014-06-20 SPL-85739 When running a high number of deployment clients for a server, memory growth may be excessive.

Workaround:
To mitigate this, set forceHttp10=always.

Monitoring Console/DMC issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2018-07-02 SPL-156694, SPL-158060, SPL-158341, SPL-158342 "Failed to fetch DMC settings to verify status" error in web_service.log when clicking "Settings> Data Inputs" from Splunk Web
2017-04-12 SPL-141091 Health Check - "Local indexing on non-indexer instance" check triggered on stand-alone instance
2017-01-17 SPL-135106, SPL-134608 The indexing_volume dashboard is not showing accurate information, and should be deprecated
2017-01-17 SPL-135105, SPL-134608 The outdated indexing_volume dashboard is not showing accurate information and should be removed
2016-10-12 SPL-130183 Drilldown search for the "Search scheduler skip ratio" Monitoring Console health-check runs against all time instead of last 60 minutes

Workaround:
You can edit this particular check and add "earliest=-60m" as a search term.
2016-09-15 SPL-128845, SPL-131106, SPL-131108, SPL-145346 Distributed Search: Deployment -- inaccurate Average/Max Time to Reap Dispatch Directory value

Splunk Web and interface issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2017-06-22 SPL-142605, SPL-144510, SPL-144511, SPL-144512 Page loads slowly when there are more global saved searches
2017-03-31 SPL-140667, SPL-140782, SPL-140783 Wildcard for srchIndexesAllowed does not appear to work for custom indexes.
2017-03-27 SPL-140449, SPL-140680, SPL-140681 Unable to expand syntax highlighted JSON
2016-12-21 SPL-134397 Multibyte Korean characters in search bar is broken during typing in IE-11
2015-11-09 SPL-109165 Interactive Field Extractor hangs when using "^" as delimiter.

Workaround:
Use props and transforms to specify the delimiter of your choice.
2015-06-30 SPL-103701 Actions links should be removed for "Apps Browser"
2014-07-16 SPL-87015 chart count by source and *| cluster showcount=t | table cluster_count _raw) no metadata/ result is available when user drills down on Count and Percent columns.
2014-04-04 SPL-82650 A report created and scheduled by admin cannot be embedded by a power user.
2014-02-26 SPL-81103 Username surrounded by dollar signs cannot create saved searches.
2013-11-20 SPL-76798 Time range picker is not customizable via times.conf the same as version 5 or as suggested by docs.
2013-08-19 SPL-73386 Users are not allowed to run historical scheduled search

Workaround:
1. Create a special power/admin user who can run scheduled searches.

2. Assign this user ownership of the scheduled searches.

3. Share the searches at the app level and grant read/write permission to the correct set of users.

Windows-specific issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2017-03-06 SPL-141581, SPL-142830, SPL-142831 "NumberOfProcessors" for WinHostMon is empty
2016-11-02 SPL-131265, SPL-126708 splunk-perfmon.exe locked a file unexpectedly
2015-11-13 SPL-109430 In Windows only, inheritance is broken for folders created by splunkd. Files created are accessible only to the user as whom splunkd is running.
2015-04-14 SPL-99687, SPL-129637 Splunk universal forwarder is 7-10 days behind recent Windows Security and system log events.

Workaround:
To mitigate this, edit the following stanza in inputs.conf: [WinEventLog://Security] evt_resolve_ad_obj = 0.
2015-04-01 SPL-98978 On differing versions of Splunk Enterprise indexer (5.0.1) and universal forwarder (6.2.2), collection of the Security Event log can take increasingly longer over time.

Workaround:
To fix the problem, restart Windows on the forwarder.


2014-09-25 SPL-91279 Splunk Universal Forwarder on Windows (specifically, the splunk-perfmon.exe process) does not release key handles.

Workaround:
See "Handle leak when an application collects performance data in Windows Vista, in Windows 7, in Windows Server 2008 or in Windows Server 2008 R2" on the Microsoft Support website for a hotfix download.
2013-10-11 SPL-75116 The UI does not show configured items of some newly converted windows modular inputs that contain the name "default" in the stanza

Workaround:
Edit inputs.conf: in stanzas that contain WinRegMon://default, replace "default" with something else, then restart splunk.

Rest, Simple XML, and Advanced XML issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2017-05-01 SPL-141538, SPL-141906, SPL-141907, SPL-141908 HandleJobsDataProvider logs warning for failure to save search history for user=nobody.
2016-10-31 SPL-131072 Datamodel backend allows invalid time values
2013-05-15 SPL-67453 When sending the following XML data as a GET or POST param to a custom splunkd endpoint: <dashboard>&lt;foo&gt;</dashboard>, the endpoint actually receives:<dashboard><foo></dashboard>.

Authentication and Authorization issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2017-04-06 SPL-140901, SPL-142018, SPL-142019 user-seed.conf.spec "how to" steps do not work

Workaround:
## Work-Around 1 ##
  • Place the user-seed.conf into the $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/system/local/ directory.
  • Delete the "passwd" file from $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/.
  • Restart Splunk
    1. Work-Around 2 ##
  • Prior to installation, create the folder path $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/system/local/.
  • Place the user-seed.conf into that path.
  • Install Splunk.
2017-03-31 SPL-140667, SPL-140782, SPL-140783 Wildcard for srchIndexesAllowed does not appear to work for custom indexes.
2016-12-22 SPL-134444, SPL-119588 Credential Manager /services/storage/passwords stops working when decrypted password is not utf8
2016-11-24 SPL-132949, SPL-137123 indexer complains "Failed to get LDAP user" for search head local user on 6.5.x
2016-07-26 SPL-125052 Sole Admin can demote his/herself to Power without path of recovery in GUI

Workaround:
Through the command line, you can open notepad and modify the password file to regain 'Admin' status.
2016-05-02 SPL-119333 SSO setup should not let the user to configure Duo2FA
2016-04-25 SPL-118713 SAML and SSO should be mutually exclusive
2015-11-13 SPL-109427 LDAP SSL no longer working in Splunk 6.3 (and later) for Windows 2003

Workaround:

The workaround is to 1) obtain Ciphers configured on Windows AD 2003 server. 2) tweak TLS_CIPHER_SUITE command in etc/openldap/ldap.conf to match it. The following is a working TLS_CIPHER_SUITE for one of the customers: {noformat} TLS_CIPHER_SUITE HIGH:MEDIUM:@STRENGTH:+3DES:+RC4:!aNULL:!MD5:!SRP:!PSK:!aDSS:!kECDH:!kDH:!SEED,!IDEA:!RC2:!RC5 {noformat}

2012-02-22 SPL-48342 LDAP strategy host field cannot work with ipv6 format address but computer name is okay

Admin and CLI issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2017-11-16 SPL-146539 "clean eventdata" command removing fishbucket info for zip files
2017-02-16 SPL-136970, SPL-156715, SPL-158503, SPL-158504 default and local meta files getting corrupted or being altered in such a way as to cause warnings
2016-12-20 SPL-134343, SPL-135504, SPL-135505 Admin user sharing a search via the 'Share' button to a non-admin user may result in 'Permission Denied' for user when clicking the link.

Workaround:
Saved search as Report first, then Run search, then click Share and send link to non-admin user. Or share normally and then change the permissions on the search job through the Job Manager page.
2016-11-29 SPL-133192 Edit Acceleration window is empty if you create report with an incorrect search
2016-11-10 SPL-131908, SPL-131030 Clarify fetch_remote_search_log in limits.conf.spec
2015-09-23 SPL-106978 Failed SHC captain election causes unnecessary change in server.conf
2015-03-11 SPL-97942 Capability defined in an app does not take effect when assigned to a role

Workaround:
The workaround is to change the ui-prefs in ./etc/users/username/local/ui-prefs.conf to look like this:

[search] display.events.fields = ["description","except_extract_1","except_extract_2","except_extract_3","sap_order_status","sourcetype","source","status","request_mode","request_id","request_status_id","object_id","BillToCity_","Airline_","BillToName_","BillToCountry_","City_"] display.events.type = table

2014-04-07 SPL-82699 SSO: Acceleration icon fails to display in Searches, Reports, and Alerts page.
2013-05-25 SPL-68010 The error thrown when your Splunk instance cannot connect to splunkbase/.../checkforupdate is not an ERROR, should be lowered to INFO.

Workaround:
Set server.conf [applicationsManager] allowInternetAccess = false
2013-05-02 SPL-66511 If $SPLUNK_HOME/etc is located on a case-insensitive filesystem, creating a new view with the same name as an existing view but with different case (capital letters vs lowercase, etc) silently overwrites the existing view.

Uncategorized issues

Date filed Issue number Description
2018-02-26 SPL-151165, SPL-152637 Crashing thread: HttpDedicatedIoThread-1
2018-01-04 SPL-147803, SPL-154752, SPL-156540, SPL-156541 License master rollovers stopped by a broken syslog output blocking indexing, need better logging for diagnosability.
2017-07-26 SPL-143398, SPL-147086, SPL-147088, SPL-147089, SPL-147148 Slow license master response times after upgrade to 6.5 due to __tz_convert() bottleneck and extensive debug logging calls for lots of warnings

Workaround:
Maybe: http://stackoverflow.com/a/17697733
2017-06-09 SPL-142342, SPL-143212, SPL-143213 Cannot reach default search pages for some applications
2017-05-16 SPL-141818, SPL-141079 IOStats is not being collected and ingested into _introspection
2017-05-10 SPL-141716, SPL-142915, SPL-142916 KVStoreProfilingDataInstrumentThread crash on search head due to malformed json
2017-05-09 SPL-141693 DataModel Editor - when child object has same name as inherited field, inherited field does not show in the inherited fields list.
2017-04-28 SPL-141494, SPL-142816, SPL-142817, SPL-145763 Map command in dashboard is sending empty PDF file when scheduling
2017-04-06 SPL-140946, SPL-141727, SPL-141728 SplunkWeb hang because of log rotation configuration of python.log
2017-03-15 SPL-138803, SPL-138758 Removing a command before a stats command results in too many columns in stats
2017-02-21 SPL-137211, SPL-136654 PDF Export for line chart does not respect timeline assignment
2017-02-16 SPL-136939, SPL-138139, SPL-138140 Splunk HF 6.5.1 crashes when trying to resolve hostname

Workaround:
To stop UF crashing on host resolution - the ip must be known, so best is to add it to /etc/hosts file e.g.

10.73.0.66 my.dns.name

where IP is the correct IP of the indexer.

2017-02-08 SPL-136496, SPL-141953, SPL-141956 Issues with indexer hardening / binding to multiple IP
2017-01-27 SPL-135740 It is not possible change permission for transformations generated via Field Extractor
2017-01-19 SPL-135275 Custom django app fails to load results for even a simple search
2017-01-19 SPL-135274, SPL-151304, SPL-151306, SPL-151307, SPL-152244 search assistant incorrectly wrapping kv pairs in quotes
2017-01-06 SPL-134707 Splunk restart does not create missing server.pem certificate on Windows

Workaround:
Use Template:Bin/splunk createssl server-cert -d etc/auth/ -n server to generate a new certificate.
2017-01-05 SPL-134638, SPL-143382, SPL-143400, SPL-144110 Slow license master response times after upgrade to 6.5

Workaround:
Maybe: http://stackoverflow.com/a/17697733
2016-12-29 SPL-134506, SPL-136387, SPL-136388, SPL-136389 nested mount points are not shown in the "/services/server/status/partitions-space" endpoint
2016-12-12 SPL-133905, SPL-133816 keepAliveIdleTimeout as WARN message is polluting logs causing false alarm
2016-12-07 SPL-133720, SPL-134618, SPL-134617 splunkd instrument-resource-usage process uses one full CPU core after upgrade to 6.5.1 on Centos 5
2016-12-02 SPL-133405, SPL-140769, SPL-140814, SPL-140820, SPL-142014 Working real-time searches are listed as skipped in scheduler implying there is a problem
2016-11-28 SPL-133012 Debian installer leaves files owned by unknown user
2016-11-23 SPL-132925 Table data rows generated with the addcoltotals command do not show up in PDF

Workaround:
If you are using addcoltotals to generate a totals data row, renaming the _time field can cause PDF generation issues.

Remove the label and labelfield or change the label to a number to generate the PDF as expected.

2016-11-21 SPL-132670 Mac OS 10.11: disable boot-start doesn't remove the file /Library/LaunchAgents//com.splunk.plist by enabling boot-start in prior Splunk/UF
2016-11-21 SPL-132666, SPL-143965, SPL-143966, SPL-144174, SPL-173290 Exported pdf shows token string for the dashboard element's title property instead of its value
2016-10-18 SPL-130405, SPL-132600, SPL-135330 Shortcut for search string formatting does not work for some of the non-english keyboards
2016-10-14 SPL-130310, SPL-130966, SPL-130967 When a user has write permission to an app, the same user can delete a dashboard created by other user within the same app from the views manager page but not from the dashboards listing page
2016-10-12 SPL-130131 Metadata search command stops reporting results when more than 5 index=... specifiers are used
2016-09-27 SPL-129362, SPL-129561 Syntax highlighting and other search IDE features fail to work with free license
2016-09-07 SPL-128260 Instrumentation: Opt-in modal not appear when login through proxy/sso

Workaround:
Users can opt-in by visiting Settings->Instrumentation page
2016-08-31 SPL-127800 Opting in to data sharing on a monitoring console produces duplicate data.
2016-06-21 SPL-123174 JSON indexed_extractions doesn't work for TCP inputs
2015-10-07 SPL-107606 Inconsistency between summary and datamodel_summary files.
2015-06-18 SPL-103302 Files ownership are failed to be changed when using debian package to install splunk and $SPLUNK_HOME is a symlink

Workaround:
Run a recursive chown from the command line on $SPLUNK_HOME manually, post install.
2015-06-10 SPL-103010 Indexing throughput on a forwarder with four pipelinesets drops 30% compared to a forwarder with two pipelinesets.
2015-05-24 SPL-102008 On Internet Explorer, a warning message does not display when you cannot log in due to a time zone difference.
2015-05-11 SPL-101289 When the number of indexing pipeline sets is greater than four, indexing throughput decreases.
2015-05-06 SPL-100980 Single indexer does not scale when receiving parsed data from multiple PipelineSets.
2015-05-04 SPL-100792 There are multiple group=thruput metrics lines in metrics.log. Searches that do not differentiate among them may get falsely high totals.

Workaround:
Searches that key off these lines need to select their desired name=x category in order to see a single thruput value.
2015-04-24 SPL-100322 A view gets stuck with "loading" due to problematic navigation (default.xml)

Workaround:
Workaround is to use label attribute for collection element.

<collection label="Others">

           <view source="unclassified" match="Dashboard"/>
     </collection>  
2015-03-26 SPL-98700 splunkd Indexer crashes in IndexerTPoolWorker due to duplicated bucket id.

Workaround:
The workaround is to remove the duplicated bucket.
2015-03-25 SPL-98594 Routing events to two different groups not working as expected.

Workaround:
1 On the original UF, instead of configuring 1 s2s and 1 syslog group, configure 2 s2s groups.

2 Setup a proxy UF which takes input from the original UF and send input out syslog server. This solution only requires config change and no patch release is required.

2015-02-26 SPL-97389 When using timechart command, the embedded report shows different time format than the original report.
2015-01-08 SPL-95144, SPL-107317, SPL-101986, SPL-101987, SPL-106884, SPL-142789 Indexed message for Windows security event logs shows "FormatMessage error"

Workaround:
Splunk believes this was introduced in a Microsoft Windows patch. The workaround is to configure a delayed start of the Splunk service(s) so that it starts after the Windows Event Log service.
2014-11-10 SPL-92831 A mismatch of versions between the license-master and the license-slave is generating Warning messages like "WARN LMDirective - directive cmd=D_set_feature_state args='Acceleration,ENABLED' failed: reason='feature='Acceleration' is invalid' ."

Workaround:
The warnings can be ignored, the workaround is use same major versions (all on 6.2 or all on 6.1).


2014-10-31 SPL-92596 After upgrade from Splunk Enterprise 6.1 or earlier to 6.4.x on Windows, splunkweb service does not start automatically. Attempts to start it manually show "Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion."

Workaround:
This is expected behavior. See the Splunk Answers post: http://answers.splunk.com/answers/177187/why-is-the-splunk-web-service-not-running-after-an.html
2014-10-24 SPL-92432, SPL-99583 Chart in dashboard panel does not honor interval settings.

Workaround:
In the panel XML, specify a larger height to use the correct interval settings.
2014-10-17 SPL-92162 Writing large amounts of data (> 20 GB) to KV store collections using outputlookup can result in high memory usage on the machine.
2014-09-11 SPL-90738 Monitoring a directory with an unknown sourcetype produces indexing errors.
2014-08-26 SPL-90139 <timestamp> does not display in the Patterns tab when searches are run in fast mode.
2014-06-16 SPL-85497 Unable to save generated PDFs using Chrome internal PDF viewer.

Workaround:
Workaround: Enable Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader as the default PDF viewer in Chrome. For more information, seehttps://support.google.com/chrome/answer/142056.


2014-04-22 SPL-83365 Splunk Enterprise on Windows does not show an error message when a user without the edit_license capability tries to add a license through the CLI.
2014-04-14 SPL-83068 Default index can be set to random index.
2014-04-01 SPL-82517 Paper Size and Layout in PDF Schedule dialog do not respect Paper Size and Layout in Email Settings.
2014-03-23 SPL-82238 Datamodel fails to drill down further when the same attribute for Split Rows and Split Columns are selected.
2014-03-13 SPL-81856 Show all lines does not work in data model editor preview.
2014-03-12 SPL-81810 Licensing - license pool warning at license master keeps coming back after deleting it.

Workaround:
Delete the warnings on the peers first, then the License Manager.
2014-03-12 SPL-81781 In the Data Model Manager, "Acceleration Status" and "Access Count" fail to update when you click "Update".
2014-02-13 SPL-80568 Highcharts determines Y-axis values based on first point outside visible range.
2014-02-07 SPL-80285 In the Data Model Editor, the Edit Lookup page is blank if Lookup is shared only in Lookup Definitions.

Workaround:
For more information, see Add lookup files to Splunk.
2014-02-06 SPL-80187 In the Data Model Editor, lookup pages open with options displayed for other Lookup when the data model definition is private but the file is app or globally shared.

Workaround:
Share the definition. For more information, see Add lookup files to Splunk.
2014-01-31 SPL-79842 On Windows, Indexer doesn't accept new connections on splunktcpin port after queue blockage is resolved
2013-11-27 SPL-77139 Licenser pool usage gets reflected only after restarting splunkd.
2013-09-13 SPL-74337, BETA-496 You cannot specify a destination folder when installing on OSX.
2013-08-28 SPL-73826 Windows: hostname override not working properly
2013-07-25 SPL-71645 Report acceleration Summary folders (summaryHomePath) cannot be created if thehomePath of the index is at the root of the filesystem, (homePath=D:\myindex orhomePath=/myindex).

Workaround:
Create the folder manually.
2013-06-13 SPL-69304 If license slaves are running <6.0 version, they do not have the idx field and in theLicense Usage view, the split by index field will show a field named UNKNOWN.
2013-04-30 SPL-66213 PDF server app is not working with latest Xvfb
2010-10-08 SPL-34347 wmi input default fields - with value including newlines doesn't search properly becasue of \r\n issue

Splunk Analytics for Hadoop

Date filed Issue number Description
2017-07-18 ERP-2089, ERP-2090, ERP-2091, ERP-2100 Acceleration searches on HUNK are returning java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: No enum constant com.splunk.datasource.WriterFactory.Format exceptions

Workaround:
No known workaround.
2017-04-18 ERP-2047, ERP-2096, ERP-2097, ERP-2107 /hdfs/user/hunk/bundles Not Being Reaped
2017-04-06 ERP-2092, ERP-2139, ERP-2140, ERP-2141 Role Inheritance Failure
2017-04-04 ERP-2040 Splunk archiving fails for large block sizes (buckets) due to HDFS write crashes for Hadoop version 2.8, 2.7.x

Workaround:
Upgrade Hadoop to 2.8.2 or higher.
2017-03-24 ERP-2038, ERP-2072, ERP-2056 Archiving process throwing Out Of Memory Error
2017-03-21 ERP-2034, ERP-2058, ERP-2057 Add vix.splunk.setup.bundle.reap.limit parameter to indexes.conf.spec.in
2017-02-03 ERP-2020 Need to set vix.mapreduce.queuename NOT vix.mapred.queue.name
2016-12-16 ERP-2006 Copybuckets Adhoc & corresponding streaming searches doesn't get terminated on SH/IX in case of Hunk SH restart from UI
2015-09-09 ERP-1650 timestamp data type not properly deserialized.
2015-08-05 ERP-1619 Searching on a newly created archive index before the bucket copy saved search is run causes a filenotfound exception.

Workaround:
Reenable the bucket copy saved search and let it run, or force the archiving to happen via | archivebuckets force=1 and then rerun the search.
2015-07-07 ERP-1598 minsplit rampup - splits generation takes too long.

Workaround:
Set minsplits=maxsplits
2015-06-16 ERP-1576 Report acceleration does not work with smart search index.
2015-05-12 ERP-1502 Non-accelerated pivot search on Pivot UI page waits for a long time to return result.
2015-01-08 ERP-1343, SPL-95174 Splunk Analytics for Hadoop searches fail on corrupted journal.gz files, although Splunk searches run without error.

Workaround:
Add the journal.gz to the input path's blacklist (vix.input.1.ignore = ....)
2014-10-27 ERP-1216 Data Explorer preview does not honor existing sourcetypes for big5/sjis files.
2014-10-22 ERP-1201, ERP-978 Required field optimization causes problems with time extraction. With structured data sets (such as csv, avro, parquet etc) the product tries to honor the list of required fields as passed down by the search. This may cause issues with _time.

Workaround:
To work around this issue, we recommend that you always use "index-time" _time extraction or add a config option at the virtual-index level to force the product to always output a set of fields.
2014-10-03 ERP-1164 Report acceleration summary gets deleted when two Splunk Analytics for Hadoop instances point to the same Splunk working directory.

Workaround:
To mitigate this issue, make sure that vix.splunk.home.hdfs (or Working directory in the UI) is unique on both search heads that are not in a pool. To keep your instances in the same working directory, configure vix.splunk.search.cache.path to be unique on both search heads.
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Comments

On December 15 we issued an update that removes the duplicate listings of known issues. Do let us know if you see other occurrences of this. Thanks again.

Andrewb splunk, Splunker
December 16, 2016

Thanks for the comment, @woodcock. The duplication is the result of a new process we are using for known issues documentation. We are working on enhancements to remove duplicate listings within the same section of the known issues.

Andrewb splunk, Splunker
December 7, 2016

Search for this text and you will see the problem:
SPL-129907

Woodcock
December 6, 2016

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