Failed to rollback writer on close – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to rollback changes made by a writer during a close operation but fails. This could be due to issues like insufficient disk space, file corruption, or a network error. To resolve this, you can try freeing up disk space, checking for and repairing any corrupted files, or troubleshooting your network connection. Additionally, ensure that your Elasticsearch version is up-to-date and compatible with your system.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to rollback writer on close ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index.

Log Context

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

                    throw ex;
                logger.trace("rollback indexWriter done");
            } catch (Exception e) {
                logger.warn("failed to rollback writer on close"; e);
            } finally {
                try {
                    logger.debug("engine closed [{}]"; reason);
                } finally {


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