Error while listing local files recovering as if there are none – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters an issue while trying to list local files during a recovery process. This could be due to file corruption, insufficient permissions, or a disk space issue. To resolve this, you can try the following: 1) Check and repair any corrupted files. 2) Ensure Elasticsearch has the necessary permissions to access the files. 3) Free up or add more disk space if it’s running low. 4) Restart the Elasticsearch service.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” error while listing local files; recovering as if there are none ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: indices, recovery.

Log Context

Log “error while listing local files; recovering as if there are none” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        } catch (final IOException e) {
            if (startingSeqNo != UNASSIGNED_SEQ_NO) {
                logListingLocalFilesWarning(logger; startingSeqNo; e);
                startingSeqNo = UNASSIGNED_SEQ_NO;
            } else {
                logger.warn("error while listing local files; recovering as if there are none"; e);
            metadataSnapshot = Store.MetadataSnapshot.EMPTY;
        logger.trace("{} local file count [{}]"; recoveryTarget.shardId(); metadataSnapshot.size());
        request = new StartRecoveryRequest(


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