Failed publication as already publication in progress – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when there is an attempt to publish a new cluster state while a previous publication is still in progress. This is a common issue in Elasticsearch when dealing with large clusters or slow networks. To resolve this issue, you can consider increasing the ‘publish_timeout’ setting to allow more time for the publication process to complete. Alternatively, you can try to reduce the size of your cluster or improve your network speed to minimize the time taken for cluster state publications.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [{}] failed publication as already publication in progress ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: cluster.

Log Context

Log “[{}] failed publication as already publication in progress” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


                if (currentPublication.isPresent()) {
                    assert false : "[" + currentPublication.get() + "] in progress; cannot start new publication";
                    logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] failed publication as already publication in progress";
                    publishListener.onFailure(new FailedToCommitClusterStateException("publication " + currentPublication.get() +
                        " already in progress"));