Cannot determine whether lifecycle policy upgrade is required – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8.9-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to verify if the lifecycle policy needs an upgrade. This could be due to issues with the Elasticsearch version, incorrect lifecycle policy settings, or connectivity problems with the Elasticsearch cluster. To resolve this, you can check and upgrade your Elasticsearch version if necessary, review and correct your lifecycle policy settings, or troubleshoot any network issues that may be affecting connectivity to your Elasticsearch cluster.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Cannot determine whether lifecycle policy upgrade is required. ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, upgrade.

Log Context

Log “Cannot determine whether lifecycle policy upgrade is required.” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

    protected boolean isUpgradeRequired(LifecyclePolicy currentPolicy; LifecyclePolicy newPolicy) {
        try {
            return getVersion(currentPolicy; "current") 


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