Failure executing update action – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8-8.2

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to execute an update action. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as incorrect syntax, insufficient permissions, or a non-existent index. To resolve this issue, you can check the syntax of your update action, ensure that the user has the necessary permissions to perform the update, and verify that the index you’re trying to update exists. Additionally, check if the Elasticsearch cluster is running properly and if there’s enough disk space available.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [{}] failure executing update action ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “[{}] failure executing update action” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            logger.debug(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] starting executing update action"; action.getName()));
            logger.debug(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] succeeded executing update action"; action.getName()));
        } catch (Exception ex) {
            logger.warn(new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] failure executing update action"; action.getName()); ex);
        } finally {
            logger.debug(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] no longer executing update action"; action.getName()));


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