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This command reads data from the EraSearch API and writes it to a local file.


This is an advanced command and has the potential to generate a lot of data, please use it with care. This command also requires read access from any indexes queried from in order to retrieve data.

usage: eractl dump [-h] [--url URL] [--key KEY] [-i INDEX] [--start-ts START_TS] [--stop-ts STOP_TS] [--sort-by SORT] [--sort-order SORT_ORDER] [--query QUERY] [--limit LIMIT] [-o OUTPUT_FILE]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --url URL             EraSearch URL, set via environment with ERACTL_URL (default: http://localhost:9200)
  --key KEY             EraSearch API key, set via environment with ERACTL_API_KEY (default: None)
  -i INDEX, --index INDEX
                        EraSearch index name to query from (default: *)
  --start-ts START_TS   The starting timestamp in ISO8601 format (default: None)
  --stop-ts STOP_TS     The stopping timestamp in ISO8601 format (default: None)
  --sort-by SORT        How to sort results (in descending order) (default: _ts)
  --sort-order SORT_ORDER
                        Use ascending order (default: asc)
  --query QUERY         Lucene query to use for filtering results (default: None)
  --limit LIMIT         Batch size to use for querying data (default: 5000)
  -o OUTPUT_FILE        Output file path (default: ./output.YYYY-MM-DD[...].json)

To run:

eractl dump --url https://erasearch.example.com --key ****** -i my-index --query "field_name:prefix*" --start-ts 2022-05-06T00:00:00Z --stop-ts 2022-05-07T00:00:00Z

Or to pass arguments from the environment:

export ERACTL_URL="https://erasearch.example.com"
export ERACTL_API_KEY="******"
eractl dump -i my-index --query "field_name:prefix*" --start-ts 2022-05-06T00:00:00Z --stop-ts 2022-05-07T00:00:00Z

With the example arguments above, the data retrieved will:

  • Be from the my-index index
  • Match the field_name:prefix* Lucene query
  • Be within the 2022-05-06 and 2022-05-07 time boundaries

Last update: August 7, 2023