Failed to clean up abandoned snapshot in INIT state – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 6.8-7.7

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to delete a snapshot that is still in the initialization state. This could be due to a network issue, a node failure, or a problem with the underlying storage. To resolve this issue, you can try restarting the Elasticsearch cluster, which may allow the snapshot to complete or fail properly. If that doesn’t work, you may need to manually delete the snapshot from the repository or check the health of your storage system.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to clean up abandoned snapshot {} in INIT state ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: snapshot.

Log Context

Log “failed to clean up abandoned snapshot {} in INIT state” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                                logger.debug("cleaned up abandoned snapshot {} in INIT state"; snapshot.snapshot());

                            public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                                logger.warn("failed to clean up abandoned snapshot {} in INIT state"; snapshot.snapshot());
                        }; updatedSnapshot.repositoryStateId(); false);
                    assert updatedSnapshot.shards().size() == snapshot.shards().size()
                        : "Shard count changed during snapshot status update from [" + snapshot + "] to [" + updatedSnapshot + "]";


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