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Splunk Enterprise version 7.0 is no longer supported as of October 23, 2019. See the Splunk Software Support Policy for details. For information about upgrading to a supported version, see How to upgrade Splunk Enterprise.
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The following are the spec and example files for splunk-launch.conf.


#   Version 7.0.10

# 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 the splunk CLI executable.
    * Specifically, the parent of the directory containing splunk or splunk.exe
* Must be set if Common Criteria mode is enabled.
* NOTE: Splunk plans to submit Splunk Enterprise for Common Criteria
  evaluation. Splunk does not support using the product in Common
  Criteria mode until it has been certified by NIAP. See the "Securing
  Splunk Enterprise" manual for information on the status of Common
  Criteria certification.
* 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
* 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 29 April, 2019

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 7.0.10

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