Failed to execute pipeline – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Feb-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Failed to execute pipeline ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: filter.

Log Context

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


    void processIndexRequest(Task task; String action; ActionListener listener; ActionFilterChain chain; IndexRequest indexRequest) {

        executionService.executeIndexRequest(indexRequest; t -> {
            logger.error((Supplier>) () -> new ParameterizedMessage("failed to execute pipeline [{}]"; indexRequest.getPipeline()); t);
        }; success -> {
            // TransportIndexAction uses IndexRequest and same action name on the node that receives the request and the node that
            // processes the primary action. This could lead to a pipeline being executed twice for the same
            // index request; hence we set the pipeline to null once its execution completed.


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