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Troubleshooting background

To troubleshoot Elasticsearch log “Could not update watcher stopped status to ; source” it’s important to know common problems related to Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, source. See below-detailed explanations complete with common problems, examples and useful tips.

Plugin in Elasticsearch

What it is

Plugins are used to extend the functionality of Elasticsearch. In addition to the core plugins available to you, it is possible to write custom plugins as well. Plugins are generated in a zip format with the mandatory file structure.

Examples:
  • Core Plugins: Xpack for Security and monitoring, Discovery plugins for EC2
  • Adding S3 plugin for storing snapshots on S3
sudo bin/elasticsearch-plugin install repository-s3
  • Adding HDFS plugin for storing snapshots on HDFS
sudo bin/elasticsearch-plugin install repository-hdfs
  • Removing a plugin
sudo bin/elasticsearch-plugin remove repository-hdfs
Notes:
  • Plugins are installed using the Elasticsearch-plugin script, which enables actions such as  listing, removing and installing plugins.
  • Core plugins can be installed simply by providing the name of the plugin to the Elasticsearch-plugin command.
  • You can also download the plugin manually and then install it using the elasticsearch-plugin install command, providing the file name/path of the plugin’s source file.
  • When a plugin is removed, you will need to restart the elasticsearch node(s) in order to complete the removal process.
Common Problems:
  • You need to install the required plugins in your Elasticsearch deployment before moving it to production machines. (as it’s likely your production machines are behind a proxy and it’s very hard to get plugins installed behind a proxy).
  • The same is true when you are going to deploy elasticsearch using Docker images, you will most likely be rebuilding the standard image and including your required plugins in the custom docker build. Make sure the docker build is run on a build machine that is not behind a proxy, otherwise the plugin installation will fail during docker build.

Click here to get to our list of the Most frequent issues caused by Elasticsearch Plugins

Source in Elasticsearch

What it is

When a document is sent to for indexing, Elasticsearch indexes all the fields in the format of inverted index but it also keeps the original json document in a special field called _source. 

Examples

Disabling source field in the index

PUT /api-logs?pretty
{
  "mappings": {
    "_source": {
      "enabled": false
    }
  }
}

Store only selected fields as a part of _source field

PUT api-logs
{
  "mappings": {
    "_source": {
      "includes": [
        "*.count",
        "error_info.*"
      ],
      "excludes": [
        "error_info.traceback_message"
      ]
    }
  }
}

Including only selected fields using source filtering

GET api-logs/_search
{
  "query": {
    "match_all": {}
  },
  "_source": {
       "includes": ["api_name","status_code", "*id"]
  }
}

Notes

The source field brings an overhead of extra storage space but serves special purposes such as:

  • Return as a part of the response when a search query is executed.
  • Used for reindexing purpose, update and update_by_query operations.
  • Used for highlighting, if the field is not stored, it means  the field is not set as “store to true” inside the mapping.
  • Allows selection of fields to be returned.

The only concern with source field is the extra storage usage on disk. But this storage space used by source field can be optimized by changing compression level to best_compression. This setting is done using index.codec parameter.


To help troubleshoot related issues we have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github , please review the following for further information :

Watchers Stopped Triggering
discuss.elastic.co/t/watchers-stopped-triggering/141212

 

How To Fix A Stuck Watch And Anothe
discuss.elastic.co/t/how-to-fix-a-stuck-watch-and-another-question/56844

 


Log Context

Log ”Could not update watcher stopped status to ; source” classname is TransportWatcherServiceAction.java
We have extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code to get an in-depth context :

                         }
                    }

                    
Override
                    public void onFailure(String source; Exception e) {
                        logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("could not update watcher stopped status to [{}]; source [{}]";
                                manuallyStopped; source); e);
                        listener.onFailure(e);
                    }
                });
    }





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