Nest Filter

The Nest Filter plugin allows you to operate on or with nested data. Its modes of operation are

  • nest - Take a set of records and place them in a map
  • lift - Take a map by key and lift its records up

Example usage (nest)

As an example using JSON notation, to nest keys matching the Wildcard value Key* under a new key NestKey the transformation becomes,

Example (input)

{
  "Key1"     : "Value1",
  "Key2"     : "Value2",
  "OtherKey" : "Value3"
}

Example (output)

{
  "OtherKey" : "Value3"
  "NestKey"  : {
    "Key1"     : "Value1",
    "Key2"     : "Value2",
  }
}

Example usage (lift)

As an example using JSON notation, to lift keys nested under the Nested_under value NestKey* the transformation becomes,

Example (input)

{
  "OtherKey" : "Value3"
  "NestKey"  : {
    "Key1"     : "Value1",
    "Key2"     : "Value2",
  }
}

Example (output)

{
  "Key1"     : "Value1",
  "Key2"     : "Value2",
  "OtherKey" : "Value3"
}

Configuration Parameters

The plugin supports the following configuration parameters:

Key Value Format Operation Description
Operation ENUM [nest\ lift] Select the operation nest or lift
Wildcard FIELD WILDCARD nest Nest records which field matches the wildcard
Nest_under FIELD STRING nest Nest records matching the Wildcard under this key
Nested_under FIELD STRING lift Lift records nested under the Nested_under key
Prefix_with FIELD STRING lift Prefix lifted keys with this string

Getting Started

In order to start filtering records, you can run the filter from the command line or through the configuration file. The following invokes the Memory Usage Input Plugin, which outputs the following (example),

[0] memory: [1488543156, {"Mem.total"=>1016044, "Mem.used"=>841388, "Mem.free"=>174656, "Swap.total"=>2064380, "Swap.used"=>139888, "Swap.free"=>1924492}]
[1] memory: [1488543157, {"Mem.total"=>1016044, "Mem.used"=>841420, "Mem.free"=>174624, "Swap.total"=>2064380, "Swap.used"=>139888, "Swap.free"=>1924492}]
[2] memory: [1488543158, {"Mem.total"=>1016044, "Mem.used"=>841420, "Mem.free"=>174624, "Swap.total"=>2064380, "Swap.used"=>139888, "Swap.free"=>1924492}]
[3] memory: [1488543159, {"Mem.total"=>1016044, "Mem.used"=>841420, "Mem.free"=>174624, "Swap.total"=>2064380, "Swap.used"=>139888, "Swap.free"=>1924492}]

Example #1 - nest

Command Line

Note: Using the command line mode requires quotes parse the wildcard properly. The use of a configuration file is recommended.

The following command will load the mem plugin. Then the nest filter will match the wildcard rule to the keys and nest the keys matching Mem.* under the new key NEST.

$ bin/fluent-bit -i mem -p 'tag=mem.local' -F nest -p 'Operation=nest' -p 'Wildcard=Mem.*' -p 'Nest_under=NEST' -m '*' -o stdout

Configuration File

[INPUT]
    Name mem
    Tag  mem.local

[OUTPUT]
    Name  stdout
    Match *

[FILTER]
    Name nest
    Match *
    Operation nest
    Wildcard Mem.*
    Nest_under NEST

Result

The output of both the command line and configuration invocations should be identical and result in the following output.

[2018/04/06 01:35:13] [ info] [engine] started
[0] mem.local: [1522978514.007359767, {"Swap.total"=>1046524, "Swap.used"=>0, "Swap.free"=>1046524, "NEST"=>{"Mem.total"=>4050908, "Mem.used"=>714984, "Mem.free"=>3335924}}]
[1] mem.local: [1522978515.000715559, {"Swap.total"=>1046524, "Swap.used"=>0, "Swap.free"=>1046524, "NEST"=>{"Mem.total"=>4050908, "Mem.used"=>714984, "Mem.free"=>3335924}}]
[2] mem.local: [1522978516.001057673, {"Swap.total"=>1046524, "Swap.used"=>0, "Swap.free"=>1046524, "NEST"=>{"Mem.total"=>4050908, "Mem.used"=>714984, "Mem.free"=>3335924}}]
[3] mem.local: [1522978517.000795638, {"Swap.total"=>1046524, "Swap.used"=>0, "Swap.free"=>1046524, "NEST"=>{"Mem.total"=>4050908, "Mem.used"=>714984, "Mem.free"=>3335924}}]

Example #2 - nest 3 levels deep

This example takes the keys starting with Mem.* and nests them under LAYER1, which itself is then nested under LAYER2, which is nested under LAYER3.

Configuration File

[INPUT]
    Name mem
    Tag  mem.local

[OUTPUT]
    Name  stdout
    Match *

[FILTER]
    Name nest
    Match *
    Operation nest
    Wildcard Mem.*
    Nest_under LAYER1

[FILTER]
    Name nest
    Match *
    Operation nest
    Wildcard LAYER1*
    Nest_under LAYER2

[FILTER]
    Name nest
    Match *
    Operation nest
    Wildcard LAYER2*
    Nest_under LAYER3

Result

[0] mem.local: [1524795923.009867831, {"Swap.total"=>1046524, "Swap.used"=>0, "Swap.free"=>1046524, "LAYER3"=>{"LAYER2"=>{"LAYER1"=>{"Mem.total"=>4050908, "Mem.used"=>1112036, "Mem.free"=>2938872}}}}]


{
  "Swap.total"=>1046524,
  "Swap.used"=>0,
  "Swap.free"=>1046524,
  "LAYER3"=>{
    "LAYER2"=>{
      "LAYER1"=>{
        "Mem.total"=>4050908,
        "Mem.used"=>1112036,
        "Mem.free"=>2938872
      }
    }
  }
}

Example #3 - multiple nest and lift filters with prefix

This example starts with the 3-level deep nesting of Example 2 and applies the lift filter three times to reverse the operations. The end result is that all records are at the top level, without nesting, again. One prefix is added for each level that is lifted.

Configuration file

[INPUT]
    Name mem
    Tag  mem.local

[OUTPUT]
    Name  stdout
    Match *

[FILTER]
    Name nest
    Match *
    Operation nest
    Wildcard Mem.*
    Nest_under LAYER1

[FILTER]
    Name nest
    Match *
    Operation nest
    Wildcard LAYER1*
    Nest_under LAYER2

[FILTER]
    Name nest
    Match *
    Operation nest
    Wildcard LAYER2*
    Nest_under LAYER3

[FILTER]
    Name nest
    Match *
    Operation lift
    Nested_under LAYER3
    Prefix_with Lifted3_

[FILTER]
    Name nest
    Match *
    Operation lift
    Nested_under Lifted3_LAYER2
    Prefix_with Lifted3_Lifted2_

[FILTER]
    Name nest
    Match *
    Operation lift
    Nested_under Lifted3_Lifted2_LAYER1
    Prefix_with Lifted3_Lifted2_Lifted1_

Result

[0] mem.local: [1524862951.013414798, {"Swap.total"=>1046524, "Swap.used"=>0, "Swap.free"=>1046524, "Lifted3_Lifted2_Lifted1_Mem.total"=>4050908, "Lifted3_Lifted2_Lifted1_Mem.used"=>1253912, "Lifted3_Lifted2_Lifted1_Mem.free"=>2796996}]


{
  "Swap.total"=>1046524, 
  "Swap.used"=>0, 
  "Swap.free"=>1046524, 
  "Lifted3_Lifted2_Lifted1_Mem.total"=>4050908, 
  "Lifted3_Lifted2_Lifted1_Mem.used"=>1253912, 
  "Lifted3_Lifted2_Lifted1_Mem.free"=>2796996
}

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