Failed to clear finished time – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.9-8.2

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to clear the finished time for a task or operation. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as insufficient permissions, a bug in the software, or a problem with the underlying storage system. To resolve this issue, you could try restarting the Elasticsearch service, checking the permissions of the Elasticsearch user, or investigating the health of your storage system. If the problem persists, consider upgrading Elasticsearch to the latest version or reaching out to the Elasticsearch community for further assistance.

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

Log Context

Log “[{}] Failed to clear finished_time” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        TimeValue masterNodeTimeout;
        ActionListener listener
    ) {
        final JobUpdate update = new JobUpdate.Builder(jobId).setClearFinishTime(true).build();
        ActionListener clearedTimeListener = ActionListener.wrap(job -> listener.onResponse(response); e -> {
            logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] Failed to clear finished_time"; jobId); e);
            // Not a critical error so continue
        ActionListener mappingsUpdatedListener = ActionListener.wrap(
            mappingUpdateResponse -> jobConfigProvider.updateJob(jobId; update; null; clearedTimeListener);


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