Error adding lifecycle policy for – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.2-8.3

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to add a lifecycle policy for an index. This could be due to incorrect policy configuration, insufficient permissions, or a non-existent policy. To resolve this, ensure the lifecycle policy is correctly configured and exists. Also, check that the user has the necessary permissions to add a lifecycle policy. If the issue persists, try restarting Elasticsearch or reindexing the data.

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

     * Called when creation of a lifecycle policy fails.
     * @param policy The lifecycle policy that failed to be created.
     * @param e The exception that caused the failure.
    protected void onPutPolicyFailure(LifecyclePolicy policy; Exception e) {
        logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("error adding lifecycle policy [{}] for [{}]"; policy.getName(); getOrigin()); e);

    public void clusterChanged(ClusterChangedEvent event) {
        ClusterState state = event.state();


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