Causes a search to fail if the queries and commands that precede it in the search string return zero events or results.
The required syntax is in bold.
- | require
require is used in a search string, it causes the search to fail if the queries and commands that precede it in the search string return zero events or results. When you use it in a subsearch, it causes the parent search to fail when the subsearch fails to return results.
Use this command to prevent the Splunk platform from running zero-result searches when this might have certain negative side effects, such as generating false positives, running custom search commands that make costly API calls, or creating empty search filters via a subsearch.
require command cannot be used in real-time searches.
Require and subsequent commands
Do not expect the
require command to mitigate all possible negative consequences of a search. When the
require command causes a search to fail, it prevents subsequent commands in the search from receiving the results, but it does not prevent the Splunk software from invoking those commands before the search is finalized. This means that those subsequent search command processors may receive empty "chunks" before the search is finalized.
If you are implementing an custom search command, make sure it interoperates well with the
require command. Ensure that it avoids exhibiting side effects in response to partial input.
See Create custom search commands for apps in Splunk Cloud or Splunk Enterprise in the Developer Guide on the Developer Portal.
1. Stop running a search if it returns zero results or events
... | require
2. Raise an exception if the subsearch returns zero events or results, and stop the parent search.
... [ search index=other_index NOSUCHVALUE | require ]
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 8.0.5, 8.0.6, 8.0.7, 8.0.8, 8.1.0, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3