Failed to put role roleName – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8.3-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to create or update a role with the specified name. This could be due to insufficient permissions, a malformed request, or an internal server error. To resolve this issue, ensure that the user has the necessary permissions to create or update roles. Also, check the syntax of the request to ensure it’s correct. If the problem persists, investigate the server logs for any internal errors that might be causing the issue.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to put role [” + roleName + “] ” 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 put role [” + roleName + “]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                        clearRoleCache(roleName; listener; created);

                    public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                        logger.error(() -> "failed to put role [" + roleName + "]"; e);


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