Cluster shutdown received failed shutdown response master – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 1.7-1.7

Briefly, this error occurs when an attempt to shut down an Elasticsearch cluster fails because the master node did not respond correctly. This could be due to network issues, a busy master node, or a problem with the shutdown command. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Check the network connectivity between the nodes; 2) Verify the health and load of the master node; 3) Ensure the shutdown command is correct and retry the shutdown; 4) If the problem persists, consider restarting the master node.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [cluster_shutdown]: received failed shutdown response master ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: admin, cluster, master, node and response.

Log Context

Log “[cluster_shutdown]: received failed shutdown response master” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                             logger.trace("[cluster_shutdown]: received shutdown response from master");

                        public void handleException(TransportException exp) {
                            logger.warn("[cluster_shutdown]: received failed shutdown response master"; exp);


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