Failed to remove geoip downloader task – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.14-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to delete a task related to the geoip downloader. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as insufficient permissions, a locked file, or a network issue. To resolve this, you could try restarting Elasticsearch, ensuring the process has the necessary permissions, or checking for network connectivity issues. If the problem persists, you may need to manually remove the task or check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error information.

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

Log Context

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

        ActionListener> listener = ActionListener.wrap(
            r -> logger.debug("Stopped geoip downloader task");
            e -> {
                Throwable t = e instanceof RemoteTransportException ? e.getCause() : e;
                if (t instanceof ResourceNotFoundException == false) {
                    logger.error("failed to remove geoip downloader task"; e);
        persistentTasksService.sendRemoveRequest(GEOIP_DOWNLOADER; ActionListener.runAfter(listener; () -> {


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