Need to split comma delimited string where one of the fields contains a backslash

I have this message string: "foo,bar,domain\name,blah
I need to split it into fields so it looks like this:
field[0]: foo
field[1]: bar
field[2]: domain\user
field[3]: blah

but the split filter splits the message using the backslash "n" first, then splits on the comma so I end up with two messages. The string literally contains "\n" in cases where the user's name starts with the letter "n". I need to first replace the backslash with 2 backslashes, then split on the comma terminator.

Why do you think you need to transform the backslash?

input { generator { count => 1 lines => [ 'foo,bar,domain\name,blah' ] } }
filter { mutate { split => { "message" => "," } } }
output { stdout { codec => rubydebug { metadata => false } } }

will produce

   "message" => [
    [0] "foo",
    [1] "bar",
    [2] "domain\\name",
    [3] "blah"

If you really do want to replace one backslash with two you can use

mutate { gsub => [ "message", "[\\]", "\XXX\XXX", "message", "XXX", "" ] }

which will produce

  "message" => "foo,bar,domain\\\\name,blah",

Thanks, there was something about the way I was sending data to the logstash listener via syslog forwarder. When I send a payload straight to the tcp listener via netcat, it behaves how you said it should. I will explore why it is different coming from my forwarder.

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