Creating shutdown record – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.16-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is in the process of shutting down. It’s a standard message indicating that the system is recording the shutdown event for audit purposes. If this message appears unexpectedly, it could indicate an issue with your system’s resources, a forced shutdown, or a crash. To resolve this, ensure your system has sufficient resources, check for any forced shutdown commands, and investigate your logs for any signs of a crash. Regular maintenance and monitoring of your Elasticsearch cluster can help prevent unexpected shutdowns.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” creating shutdown record {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “creating shutdown record {}” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        // log the update
        SingleNodeShutdownMetadata existingRecord = shutdownMetadata.get(request.getNodeId());
        if (existingRecord != null) {
  "updating existing shutdown record {} with new record {}"; existingRecord; newNodeMetadata);
        } else {
  "creating shutdown record {}"; newNodeMetadata);

        shutdownMetadata.put(request.getNodeId(); newNodeMetadata);
        return true;


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