Cannot getrlimit RLIMIT FSIZE 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 for certain system-level operations like getting resource limits (getrlimit). This could be due to a missing or incorrectly installed JNA library. To resolve this issue, ensure that the JNA library is properly installed and accessible to Elasticsearch. If it’s already installed, try updating it to the latest version. Also, check the Elasticsearch’s permissions to access the library. If the problem persists, consider reinstalling Elasticsearch.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” cannot getrlimit RLIMIT_FSIZE 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_FSIZE because JNA is not available” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


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


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