Cannot getrlimit RLIMIT AS because JNA is not available – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to access the Java Native Access (JNA) library, which is required to manage system resources. This could be due to a missing or incorrectly installed JNA library. To resolve this issue, you can try reinstalling the JNA library or ensure that Elasticsearch has the necessary permissions to access the JNA library. Additionally, check your system’s environment variables to ensure they are correctly set for JNA usage.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” cannot getrlimit RLIMIT_AS because JNA is not available ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: bootstrap.

Log Context

Log “cannot getrlimit RLIMIT_AS because JNA is not available” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


    static void trySetMaxSizeVirtualMemory() {
        if (JNA_AVAILABLE == false) {
            logger.warn("cannot getrlimit RLIMIT_AS because JNA is not available");