Error adding watcher index lifecycle policy – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7-7.1

Briefly, this error occurs when there’s an issue adding a lifecycle policy to a watcher index in Elasticsearch. This could be due to incorrect policy configuration, insufficient permissions, or a non-existent index. To resolve this, ensure the lifecycle policy is correctly configured and the index exists. Also, check the user has the necessary permissions to add a lifecycle policy. If the issue persists, consider reindexing or recreating the index.

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

Log Context

Log “error adding watcher index lifecycle policy [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


                    public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                        logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("error adding watcher index lifecycle policy [{}]";
                            policy.getName()); e);
                }; (req; listener) -> new XPackClient(client).ilmClient().putLifecyclePolicy(req; listener));


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