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Multiple Request Naming Rules applied to one request

DynaMight Champion
DynaMight Champion

Due to the limitations and flexibility of request naming rules I need to create multiple rules that would - if applied after eachother - transform my requests how I need them. However it seems that rules cannot be chained...


My example: remove multiple ID strings from requests. E.g:





In request naming regex rules you cannot:

- use multiple capture groups

- lookahead and lookbehind


I cannot use fixed strings like "entries" in my rules. I want to create a generic rule that replaces any numeric URI path with [id]. So I ended up with a rather complex rule with 2 placeholders (that capture before/after the numeric id) and then name the request like this: {prefix_id}[id]{postfix_id}.

The result only works for the first ID found in a request and renames the request:





Now to also replace the second numeric id, I'd just need to apply the same rule again, and again in case I have a 3rd numeric id in a path.
But it seems that Dynatrace stops after the first (global) naming rule has been applied?

Can anyone from Dynatrace confirm this? Or maybe anyone has another solution for this problem?




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DynaMight Legend
DynaMight Legend

Hey @r_weber!,


would this solution be applicable in yourcase? I also talked about it in the observability clinic tips episode #2. 

It will clean up one or two numeric IDs. Unfortunately I could not figure out how to do it with 3 (or more) due to the limits on regular expressions. I think it's not possible with the current limits.

Also there is a way to use the cleanup rules, often overlooked. I don't like using them, since it only removes strings, it does not allow you to replace them.

Certified Dynatrace Master | Alanata a.s., Slovakia, Dynatrace Master Partner

Thanks @Julius_Loman for pointing to that post. It’s exactly the solution I came up with. It works generically like my regexes/placeholders but what I do not like is the fact that one needs a rule for replacing 1 numeric ID, another one for 2 and another one for 3…

Thats what i wanted to avoid somehow.

As you pointed out, its a limitation in Dynatrace and its regex limitations.


Still it would be nice to know how Dynatrace evaluates multiple rules, global ones and service-level ones.


Certified Dynatrace Master, Dynatrace Partner -

You are welcome. The regex limitations are there for a reason and I understand it. In most cases, the cleanup rules will be ok - but they should really replace and not remove it.

Just when you have rest endpoints such as /users and /users/123 with cleanup rule (remove /\d+ )  this gets merged to a single request name and those two operations should be treated differently. Too bad the cleanup rules do not replace.

Certified Dynatrace Master | Alanata a.s., Slovakia, Dynatrace Master Partner

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