Error adding lifecycle policy for request was not acknowledged – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.2-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to acknowledge the addition of a lifecycle policy. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as incorrect policy syntax, insufficient permissions, or network issues. To resolve this, ensure that the policy syntax is correct and that the user has the necessary permissions to add a lifecycle policy. Also, check the network connectivity between the client and the Elasticsearch cluster. If the problem persists, consider restarting the Elasticsearch cluster or increasing the timeout period for requests.

In addition we recommend you run the Elasticsearch Template Optimizer to fix problems in your data modeling.

It will analyze your templates to detect issues and improve search performance, reduce indexing bottlenecks and optimize storage utilization. The Template Optimizer is free and requires no installation.

Log Context

Log “error adding lifecycle policy [{}] for [{}]; request was not acknowledged” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                new ActionListener() {
                    public void onResponse(AcknowledgedResponse response) {
                        if (response.isAcknowledged() == false) {
                            logger.error("error adding lifecycle policy [{}] for [{}]; request was not acknowledged";
                                policy.getName(); getOrigin());



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