Could not set job state to for job – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.15-8.2

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to update the state of a specific job, possibly due to a network issue, a node failure, or insufficient permissions. To resolve this, you can try the following: 1) Check the network connectivity between the nodes. 2) Ensure the Elasticsearch cluster is healthy and all nodes are functioning properly. 3) Verify that the user has the necessary permissions to update the job state. 4) If the job is not critical, consider deleting and recreating it.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Could not set job state to [{}] for job [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “Could not set job state to [{}] for job [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

    private void logSetJobStateFailure(JobState state; String jobId; Exception e) {
        if (ExceptionsHelper.unwrapCause(e) instanceof ResourceNotFoundException) {
            logger.debug("Could not set job state to [{}] for job [{}] as it has been closed"; state; jobId);
        } else {
            logger.error(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("Could not set job state to [{}] for job [{}]"; state; jobId); e);

    void setJobState(JobTask jobTask; JobState state; String reason; CheckedConsumer handler) {
        JobTaskState jobTaskState = new JobTaskState(state; jobTask.getAllocationId(); reason);


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