Delete repository – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-7.11

Briefly, this error occurs when you try to delete a repository in Elasticsearch that doesn’t exist or is currently in use. It could also be due to insufficient permissions. To resolve this issue, ensure that the repository you’re trying to delete exists and is not in use. If it’s in use, wait until the operation using it completes. Also, check your user permissions to ensure you have the rights to delete repositories. If the repository is corrupted, you may need to manually delete it from the file system.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” delete repository [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: repository, repositories, delete.

Log Context

Log “delete repository [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                        List repositoriesMetadata = new ArrayList(repositories.repositories().size());
                        boolean changed = false;
                        for (RepositoryMetadata repositoryMetadata : repositories.repositories()) {
                            if (Regex.simpleMatch(; {
                      "delete repository [{}]";;
                                changed = true;
                            } else {


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