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

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8.4-8.9

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 the policy not existing. To resolve this, ensure the 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.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” error adding lifecycle policy [%s] for [%s] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, template.

Log Context

Log “error adding lifecycle policy [%s] for [%s]” 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(() -> format("error adding lifecycle policy [%s] for [%s]"; policy.getName(); getOrigin()); e);

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


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