Failed to change repository repositoryMetadata name – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8.3-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to modify the metadata of a repository, possibly due to incorrect permissions, a non-existent repository, or a network issue. To resolve this, ensure the repository exists and the Elasticsearch process has the necessary permissions to modify it. If it’s a network issue, check the connectivity between Elasticsearch and the repository. Also, verify the repository settings and configuration in Elasticsearch. If the error persists, consider recreating the repository or restarting the Elasticsearch service.

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: metadata, repositories, repository.

Log Context

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

                        } 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(() -> "failed to change repository [" + + "]"; ex);
                            repository = new InvalidRepository(repositoryMetadata; ex);
                } else {
                    try {