Exception computing snapshots for repository – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7.5-7.13

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters an issue while trying to compute or create snapshots for a specified repository. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as incorrect repository configuration, insufficient permissions, or network connectivity issues. To resolve this, you can verify the repository configuration, ensure that Elasticsearch has the necessary permissions to access the repository, and check the network connectivity. Additionally, you can also check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error information.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” exception computing snapshots for repository {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: repository, plugin.

Log Context

Log “exception computing snapshots for repository {}” classname is SnapshotRetentionTask.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                                        .filter(info -> retainableStates.contains(info.state()))
                            } catch (Exception e) {
                                logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("exception computing snapshots for repository {}"; repository); e);
                                throw e;
                        e -> {
                            logger.warn(new ParameterizedMessage("unable to retrieve snapshots for repository [{}]"; repository); e);


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