Failed to perform – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 1.7-1.7

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to execute a specific operation due to various reasons such as insufficient resources, incorrect configurations, or network issues. To resolve this, you can check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error messages. Ensure that the Elasticsearch cluster has enough resources (CPU, memory, disk space). Verify the configurations are correct and the network connectivity is stable. If the operation involves data, ensure the data is in the correct format and not corrupted.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to perform ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: replication and shard.

Log Context

Log “failed to perform” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                            public void handleException(TransportException exp) {
                                onReplicaFailure(nodeId; exp);
                                logger.trace("[{}] transport failure during replica request [{}] "; exp; node; replicaRequest);
                                if (ignoreReplicaException(exp) == false) {
                                    logger.warn("failed to perform " + actionName + " on remote replica " + node + shardIt.shardId(); exp);
                                    shardStateAction.shardFailed(shard; indexMetaData.getUUID();
                                            "Failed to perform [" + actionName + "] on replica; message [" + ExceptionsHelper.detailedMessage(exp) + "]");


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