Failed to update mapping not clearing finished time – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7.9-8.2

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to update the mapping of an index due to a conflict or an incorrect mapping configuration. This could be due to a change in the data type of a field or an attempt to modify an existing field which is not allowed. To resolve this issue, you can either reindex your data with the correct mapping or create a new index with the correct mapping and reindex your data into the new index. Also, ensure that your mapping configuration is correct before updating it.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [{}] Failed to update mapping; not clearing finished_time ” 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 update mapping; not clearing finished_time” classname is TransportOpenJobAction.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            listener.onResponse(response);
        });
        ActionListener mappingsUpdatedListener = ActionListener.wrap(
            mappingUpdateResponse -> jobConfigProvider.updateJob(jobId; update; null; clearedTimeListener);
            e -> {
                logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] Failed to update mapping; not clearing finished_time"; jobId); e);
                // Not a critical error so continue without attempting to clear finish time
                listener.onResponse(response);
            }
        );
        ElasticsearchMappings.addDocMappingIfMissing(

 

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