Overview

I hate reading email. So much. I do however enjoy searching email. Using Splunk I can monitor and index my email. This is incredibly useful for administrators of Unix boxes where cron jobs very often generate an unprecidented amount of email messages.

Steps

  1. Download & Install Splunk.
  2. Configure Splunk to monitor your mailboxes:

    # $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/system/local/inputs.conf
    [batch:///var/mail]
    disabled = false
    move_policy = sinkhole
    sourcetype = mbox
    
  3. Configure Splunk to properly extract messages from your mailbox:

    # $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/system/local/props.conf
    [mbox]
    LINE_BREAKER = ([\r\n]+)From\s
    SHOULD_LINEMERGE = false
    

You're now ready to search and view your email messages in Splunk:

email message in Splunk

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