Deleted – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.5-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when a document that was previously indexed in Elasticsearch is deleted. This could be due to a manual deletion or an automatic process like a data retention policy. To resolve this issue, you can re-index the deleted document if it’s still needed. If the deletion was unintentional, check your deletion policies or scripts to prevent future occurrences. If the error is causing issues with your queries, you may need to update your queries to exclude or handle deleted documents.

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

Log Context

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

            if (deleteResponse.getResult() == DocWriteResponse.Result.NOT_FOUND) {
            assert deleteResponse.getResult() == DocWriteResponse.Result.DELETED;
  "[{}] Deleted"; id);
        }; e -> {
            if (ExceptionsHelper.unwrapCause(e) instanceof IndexNotFoundException) {


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