Splunk® App for Unix and Linux

Install and Use the Splunk App for Unix and Linux

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Other deployment considerations

In many applications, the Splunk App for Unix and Linux suite installs on a *nix server and collects data from that server. You then use Splunk Web to browse the app's included dashboards, reports, and saved searches to gain for insight into that data.

Additional uses for the app and add-on

There are additional uses for the app and add-on:

  • You can use the add-on to collect *nix data from a number of *nix machines by installing a universal forwarder on each machine and deploying the app to those forwarders. Once the app is installed on each forwarder, you can then forward the data to a receiving indexer that is running the full app. Read "Deploy the Splunk App for Unix and Linux in a distributed Splunk environment" for additional information and instructions.
  • You can also install the add-on on an indexer to provide data inputs for another app installed on that indexer, such as the Splunk App for Enterprise Security.
  • If you install the Splunk App for Unix and Linux in a distributed environment and have configured the search heads in that environment to send data to the indexers, you might need to deploy the indexes.conf included with the Splunk Supporting Add-on for Unix and Linux component (SA-nix/default/indexes.conf) onto your indexers to make sure that the unix_summary summary index is available. Failure to do so might cause issues with alerts for the app, as alerts use this special index.
Last modified on 14 November, 2013
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® App for Unix and Linux: 5.0

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