Failed to delete role – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.2

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to delete a specific role, possibly due to insufficient permissions or the role being currently in use. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Ensure that the user attempting to delete the role has the necessary permissions. 2) Check if the role is currently assigned to any user. If so, unassign it before deletion. 3) Verify that the role actually exists. If it doesn’t, the error might be due to a typo or incorrect role name.

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

Log Context

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


        try {
            rolesStore.deleteRole(request; listener.delegateFailure((l; found) -> l.onResponse(new DeleteRoleResponse(found))));
        } catch (Exception e) {
            logger.error((Supplier>) () -> new ParameterizedMessage("failed to delete role [{}]";; e);


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