Adding new snapshot lifecycle – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.4-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when there’s an issue adding a new snapshot lifecycle in Elasticsearch. This could be due to incorrect configuration, insufficient permissions, or a problem with the snapshot repository. To resolve this, ensure that the snapshot lifecycle policy is correctly configured, the user has the necessary permissions, and the snapshot repository is functioning properly. Also, check if the Elasticsearch cluster is running the correct version that supports snapshot lifecycle management.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” adding new snapshot lifecycle [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, snapshot.

Log Context

Log “adding new snapshot lifecycle [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                lifecycleMetadata = new SnapshotLifecycleMetadata(
                    Collections.singletonMap(id; meta);
                    new SnapshotLifecycleStats()
      "adding new snapshot lifecycle [{}]"; id);
            } else {
                Map snapLifecycles = new HashMap(snapMeta.getSnapshotConfigurations());
                SnapshotLifecyclePolicyMetadata oldLifecycle = snapLifecycles.get(id);
                SnapshotLifecyclePolicyMetadata newLifecycle = SnapshotLifecyclePolicyMetadata.builder(oldLifecycle)


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