How To Solve Issues Related to Log – Failed to send external multicast response

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Troubleshooting background

To troubleshoot Elasticsearch log “Failed to send external multicast response” it’s important to know common problems related to Elasticsearch concepts: discovery, discovery-multicast, ping, Plugin, response. See below-detailed explanations complete with common problems, examples and useful tips.


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Log Context

Log ”Failed to send external multicast response” classname is MulticastZenPing.java
We have extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code to get an in-depth context :

                 multicastChannel.send(builder.bytes());
                if (logger.isTraceEnabled()) {
                    logger.trace("sending external ping response {}"; builder.string());
                }
            } catch (Exception e) {
                logger.warn("failed to send external multicast response"; e);
            }
        }

        private void handleNodePingRequest(int id; DiscoveryNode requestingNodeX; ClusterName requestClusterName) {
            if (!pingEnabled || multicastChannel == null) {






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