Error loading shard path for shard %s – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 8.7-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to locate the path for a specific shard ‘s’. This could be due to a misconfiguration, a missing or corrupted shard, or a disk space issue. To resolve this, you can try to restore the shard from a backup, check your configuration files for any errors, or ensure that there is enough disk space available. If the shard is corrupted, you may need to delete and recreate it. Always ensure your data is backed up before making any changes.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” error loading shard path for shard [%s] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: admin, cluster, node, shard.

Log Context

Log “error loading shard path for shard [%s]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                if (shardPath != null) {
            } catch (IOException e) {
                final String path = shardPath != null ? shardPath.resolveIndex().toString() : "";
                logger.error(() -> String.format(Locale.ROOT; "error loading shard path for shard [%s]"; shardId); e);
        return new NodePrevalidateShardPathResponse(transportService.getLocalNode(); localShards);


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