Error firing checkpoint refresh listener – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.16-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to refresh the checkpoint listener, which is responsible for tracking changes in the data. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as network issues, heavy load on the cluster, or a bug in the Elasticsearch software. To resolve this issue, you can try restarting the Elasticsearch service, checking the network connectivity, reducing the load on the cluster, or updating Elasticsearch to the latest version.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” error firing checkpoint refresh listener ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index, refresh.

Log Context

Log “error firing checkpoint refresh listener” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                if (locationCommitListeners != null) {
                    for (final Tuple> listener : locationCommitListeners) {
                        try {
                            listener.v2().onFailure(new AlreadyClosedException("shard is closed"));
                        } catch (final Exception e) {
                            logger.warn("error firing checkpoint refresh listener"; e);
                            assert false;
                    locationCommitListeners = null;


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