Failed to close point-in-time id – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.16-8.2

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to close a Point-In-Time (PIT) ID, which is used for consistent search results during long-running searches. This could be due to a network issue, a node failure, or the PIT ID no longer existing. To resolve this, you can try the following: 1) Ensure the network connection is stable and reliable. 2) Check the health of your Elasticsearch nodes and restart any that are failing. 3) Make sure the PIT ID you’re trying to close still exists and is valid.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to close point-in-time id [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: cache, plugin.

Log Context

Log “failed to close point-in-time id [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


                        public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                            logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("failed to close point-in-time id [{}]"; pitId); e);
                    }; () -> Releasables.close(releasable)));
                    waitForRelease = true;
            } finally {


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