Close engine failed – How to solve related issues

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Close engine failed – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Feb-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you run Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Close engine failed ” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: handler, indices, recovery and source.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log “close engine failed” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                     // if we relocate we need to close the engine in order to open a new
                    // IndexWriter on the other end of the relocation
                    engineClosed = true;
                } catch (IOException e) {
                    logger.warn("close engine failed"; e);
                    shard.failShard("failed to close engine (phase1)"; e);


Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

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