Sorting events with identical timestamps by order events were recorded


#1

Hi Elastic Team,

My question is similar to this topic.

For documents with identical timestamps, can we sort them on kibana by the order the events/docs were recorded? Basically I want the log lines shown on Kibana to be in the same order as I would see them in the actual log files.

Cheers,


#2

Hi Elastic Team, any suggestions please?


#3

After some searches, it looks like there's nothing out of the box provided by logstash nor elasticsearch and one need to come up with an own way of generating a sequence ID and adding that to the event it seems.


(Felix Stürmer) #4

Hi @ld_pvl,

unfortunately you are correct. Due to the facts that Elasticsearch is inherently distributed and most indexing pipelines include multiple potentially buffering stages, preserving order with a low timestamp resolution is very difficult. The best solution I can think of is to add you own sequence id during ingestion and use the context view that was added in 5.4. If you set the context:tieBreakerFields setting to that sequence id field as suggested in the documentation, the context view should display the lines in the correct order.


#5

Thanks a lot for your reply!

The context view tip is very useful.


(system) #6

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