Failed to stop forcefully – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7.8-8.2

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters issues while trying to forcefully stop a process or service. This could be due to insufficient permissions, a locked resource, or a process that is not responding. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Ensure that the user running Elasticsearch has sufficient permissions to stop the service. 2) Check for any locked resources or files and unlock them. 3) Identify any unresponsive processes and manually terminate them. 4) If all else fails, consider restarting the server to clear any stuck processes.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [{}] Failed to stop forcefully ” 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 stop forcefully” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                    ActionListener.wrap(listener::onResponse; forceStopFailure -> {
                        logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] Failed to stop normally"; request.getId()); normalStopFailure);
                        logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] Failed to stop forcefully"; request.getId()); forceStopFailure);


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