Failed to remove index – How to solve related issues

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Failed to remove index – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Jan-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you run Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

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

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

Log “Failed to remove index {} ([{}][{}])” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

             if (reason == IndexRemovalReason.DELETED) {
                // now we are done - try to wipe data on disk if possible
                deleteIndexStore(extraInfo; indexService.index(); indexSettings);
        } catch (Exception e) {
            logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("failed to remove index {} ([{}][{}])"; index; reason; extraInfo); e);

    public IndicesFieldDataCache getIndicesFieldDataCache() {
        return indicesFieldDataCache;


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