Failed to write indexing buffer for shard ignoring – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.2

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to write the indexing buffer for a specific shard. This could be due to insufficient disk space, high I/O operations, or a faulty shard. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Check and free up disk space if necessary. 2) Monitor and optimize your I/O operations to prevent overloading. 3) Try relocating the shard to another node. 4) If the shard is corrupt, consider reindexing your data.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to write indexing buffer for shard [{}]; ignoring ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: indices, indexing, shard.

Log Context

Log “failed to write indexing buffer for shard [{}]; ignoring” classname is IndexingMemoryController.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                shard.writeIndexingBuffer();
            }

            @Override
            public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("failed to write indexing buffer for shard [{}]; ignoring"; shard.shardId()); e);
            }
        });
    }

    /** force checker to run now */

 

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