Failed to change repository – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.2

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to modify the settings of a snapshot repository due to issues like incorrect configuration, insufficient permissions, or network connectivity problems. To resolve this, you can verify the repository configuration for any errors, ensure that Elasticsearch has the necessary permissions to modify the repository, and check your network connection. Additionally, ensure that the repository is not currently in use by any ongoing snapshot or restore operations.

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

Log Context

Log “failed to change repository [{}]” classname is RepositoriesService.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                                RepositoriesService::createUnknownTypeRepository
                            );
                        } catch (RepositoryException ex) {
                            // TODO: this catch is bogus; it means the old repo is already closed;
                            // but we have nothing to replace it
                            logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("failed to change repository [{}]"; repositoryMetadata.name()); ex);
                        }
                    }
                } else {
                    try {
                        repository = createRepository(repositoryMetadata; typesRegistry; RepositoriesService::createUnknownTypeRepository);

 

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