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

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8.3-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to update the state of a job, possibly due to insufficient permissions, network issues, or a problem with the job itself. To resolve this, ensure the user has the necessary permissions to modify job states. Check the network connectivity between Elasticsearch nodes. If the problem persists, investigate the job’s configuration and data for potential issues. If the job is not essential, consider deleting and recreating it.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Could not set job state to [%s] for job [%s] ” 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 [%s] for job [%s]” 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(() -> format("Could not set job state to [%s] for job [%s]"; 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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