fuzzy times

I’ve always liked fuzzy clocks that tell you “ten to six” instead of “17:52:32”. So here’s a Splunk macro to give you a field for that value.

eval epochtime=_time  | eval timediff=now()-epochtime | eval hourago=now()-relative_time(now(),"@h") | eval hourago2=now()-relative_time(now(),"-1h@h") | eval dayago=now()-relative_time(now(),"@d") | eval dayago2=now()-relative_time(now(),"-1d@d") | eval weekago=now()-relative_time(now(),"@w") | eval weekago2=now()-relative_time(now(),"-1w@w") | eval monthago=now()-relative_time(now(),"@m") | eval monthago2=now()-relative_time(now(),"-1m@m") | eval quarterago=now()-relative_time(now(),"@q") | eval quarterago2=now()-relative_time(now(),"-1q@q") | eval yearago=now()-relative_time(now(),"@y") | eval yearago2=now()-relative_time(now(),"-1y@y") | eval fuzzytime=case(timediff<=hourago, "within the hour", timediff>hourago AND timediff<=hourago2, "an hour ago", timediff>hourago2 AND timediff<=dayago, "earlier today", timediff>dayago AND timediff<=dayago2, "yesterday", timediff>dayago2 AND timediff<=weekago, "earlier this week", timediff>weekago AND timediff<=weekago2, "last week", timediff>weekago2 AND timediff<=monthago, "earlier this month", timediff>monthago AND timediff<=monthago2, "last month", timediff>monthago2 AND timediff<=quarterago, "earlier this quarter", timediff>quarterago AND timediff<=quarterago2, "last quarter", timediff>quarterago2 AND timediff<=yearago, "earlier this year", timediff>yearago AND timediff<=yearago2, "last year", timediff>yearago2, "over two years ago")

Of course, that means you can search more easily too.

* | `fuzzytime` | search fuzzytime="earlier this week" | timechart count

This is using Splunk’s relative_time and bucketing capability instead of simply counting off time units, so it should behave fairly intuitively. Let me know if it works for you or could be done better!

Jack Coates

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