Grok regex pattern for symbols?

Lets say I have a string:

"petBreed":"dachshund" "petName":"rufus" "petAge":"12"

The value is not constant and can vary in length and content.

And i want to use grok overwrite to remove rufus from the raw string.

So a lookbehind and lookahead regex pattern that matches based on a match to petName, then removes the string after it thru grok overwrite

When using a grok pattern you have to match the whole string in some way shape or form. However, if you don't care about the value of petName then don't assign a field name to that pattern.

"petBreed":"%{NOTSPACE:petBreedFieldValue}" "petName":"%{NOTSPACE}" "petAge":%{NOTSPACE:petAgeFieldValue}

{
  "petBreedFieldValue": [
    [
      "dachshund"
    ]
  ],
  "NOTSPACE": [
    [
      "rufus"
    ]
  ],
  "petAgeFieldValue": [
    [
      ""12""
    ]
  ]
}

You could also skip that field entirely:

"petBreed":"%{NOTSPACE:petBreedFieldValue}" %{DATA} "petAge":"%{NOTSPACE:petAgeFieldValue}"

If your message/string has this format:

"petBreed":"dachshund" "petName":"rufus" "petAge":"12"

You do not need grok to parse it, you can use the kv filter.

No, you do not. grok is quite happy to match a pattern in the middle of a string. If [message] contains

"petBreed":"dachshund" "petName":"rufus" "petAge":"12"

then

grok { match => { "message" => 'Name":"%{WORD:name' }

will work just fine.

Sorry for the confusion (if any); i modified the qn to add the fact that petName value can vary, but must be removed

I stand corrected.