Error while setting task state to failed marking task as failed – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7.14-8.2

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to update the state of a task to ‘failed’. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as network issues, insufficient permissions, or a problem with the Elasticsearch cluster itself. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Check the network connectivity and ensure that the Elasticsearch cluster is accessible. 2) Verify that the user has the necessary permissions to update the task state. 3) Check the health of the Elasticsearch cluster and resolve any issues that might be causing the problem.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [{}] error while setting task state to failed; marking task as failed ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: task, plugin.

Log Context

Log “[{}] error while setting task state to failed; marking task as failed” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        JobTaskState failedState = new JobTaskState(JobState.FAILED; jobTask.getAllocationId(); reason);
        jobTask.updatePersistentTaskState(failedState; ActionListener.wrap(r -> {
            logger.debug("[{}] updated task state to failed"; jobId);
        }; e -> {
            logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] error while setting task state to failed; marking task as failed"; jobId); e);


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