JSON parser extractor name with a "-"

L1 Bithead

JSON parser extractor name with a "-"

I have a JSON list (URL https://ip-ranges.cloud.signiant.com/MediaShuttle) with one part of the JSON path name containing a minus sign ("-"):


    "us-east-1": {
        "all_ips": [


Using the  JMESPath tester from jmespath.org, I created an expression that pulls out what I need:




However, the Minemeld engine will not start, throwing an 'Unknown Character" error, apparently due to the dash.  I've tried escaping and quoting using several variations and I cannot create the extractor needed.  These are the variations I've tried:


  • us-east-1.all_ips: Unknown Character (the '-')
  • "us-east-1.all_ips": Unknown Character
  • "us-east-1".all_ips: Engine won't start
  • "us-east-1".all_ips[]: Engine won't start
  • 'us-east-1'.all_ips: engine won't start
  • 'us-east-1'.all_ips[].{indicator:@}: engine won't start
  • "us-east-1".all_ips[].{indicator:@}: engine won't start
  • us\-east\-1.all_ips[].{indicator:@}: Unknown character
  • "us-east-1.all_ips"[].{indicator:@}: engine won't start (expected end but found [)
  • "us-east-1.all_ips[]".{indicator:@}: expected <block end>, but found '<scalar>'
  • "us-east-1.all_ips[].{indicator:@}": Unknown character
  • "us\-east\-1.all_ips[].{indicator:@}": engine won't start


Thanks in advance,



L5 Sessionator

Re: JSON parser extractor name with a "-"

Hi @MichaelPDean,


this is a tricky one.


the right expression is already in your list (us-east-1.all_ips[].{indicator:@})  but it must be double escaped .


First, us-east-1 is not a valid python espression so you must quote it to become "us-east-1" . But you can't provide extractor: "us-east-1".all_ips[].{indicator:@} to the prototype because the YAML loader will fail parsing it due to the first double quote describing the value to be a string scalar and the dot character after the second double quote being considered as an invalid sequence.


So you must escape again for the YAML loader to consider the whole line a string scalar. The right value is then:


extractor: '"us-east-1".all_ips[].{indicator:@}'



L1 Bithead

Re: JSON parser extractor name with a "-"

Thanks, that worked!

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