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Splunkd request using urrlib2, splunk-python-sdk

Splunk guys are so cool they put together a splunk python sdk. It comes stock standard with examples, explanations, documentation, etc…

So I’m all ready to play along and none of the examples work(for me at least).

When making a request to splunkd(the service interface) you need to be authenticated. That makes perfect sense. The logic the example uses doesn’t work though:

import httplib
import urllib
from xml.etree import ElementTree

HOST = “localhost”
PORT = 8089
USERNAME = “admin”
PASSWORD = “changeme”

# Present credentials to Splunk and retrieve the session key
connection = httplib.HTTPSConnection(HOST, PORT)
body = urllib.urlencode({‘username’: USERNAME, ‘password’: PASSWORD})
headers = {
‘Content-Type’: “application/x-www-form-urlencoded”,
‘Content-Length’: str(len(body)),
‘Host’: HOST,
‘User-Agent’: “”,
‘Accept’: “*/*”
connection.request(“POST”, “/services/auth/login”, body, headers)
response = connection.getresponse()

That bombs out immediately. Wiggled and jiggled some code and it still nothing. I then tried the very simple :

params = urllib.urlencode({‘username’:USERNAME, ‘password’:PASSWORD})

resp = urllib2.urlopen(url, params)


The response is a session key.

Works like a charm!!! I’m still not sure why the first example didn’t though. I have never used httplib and don’t intend to. But I shall investigate!!!

urllib and urllib2 have always been awesome.

Simplicity is priceless.




Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Uncategorized


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