Error while listing local files resetting the starting sequence number from – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7.4-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to list local files due to issues like insufficient permissions, disk space, or file corruption. This prevents it from resetting the starting sequence number. To resolve this, you can check and adjust file permissions, ensure there’s enough disk space, or repair corrupted files. If the issue persists, consider restarting Elasticsearch or, as a last resort, reindexing your data.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” error while listing local files; resetting the starting sequence number from {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: recovery, indices.

Log Context

Log “error while listing local files; resetting the starting sequence number from {} ” classname is PeerRecoveryTargetService.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            assert startingSeqNo == UNASSIGNED_SEQ_NO : startingSeqNo;
            logger.trace("{} shard folder empty; recovering all files"; recoveryTarget);
            metadataSnapshot = Store.MetadataSnapshot.EMPTY;
        } catch (final IOException e) {
            if (startingSeqNo != UNASSIGNED_SEQ_NO) {
                logger.warn(new ParameterizedMessage("error while listing local files; resetting the starting sequence number from {} " +
                    "to unassigned and recovering as if there are none"; startingSeqNo); e);
                startingSeqNo = UNASSIGNED_SEQ_NO;
            } else {
                logger.warn("error while listing local files; recovering as if there are none"; e);
            }

 

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