Giving up looking for fatal errors – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-7.2

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters a critical issue that it cannot recover from, causing it to stop searching for further errors. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as hardware failure, insufficient memory, or a bug in the Elasticsearch software. To resolve this issue, you could try restarting the Elasticsearch service, checking the server’s hardware, or increasing the memory allocated to Elasticsearch. If the problem persists, consider updating Elasticsearch to the latest version or reaching out to the Elasticsearch community for further assistance.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” giving up looking for fatal errors ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “giving up looking for fatal errors” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        int iterations = 0;
        while (queue.isEmpty() == false) {
            // this is a guard against deeply nested or circular chains of exceptions
            if (iterations > MAX_ITERATIONS) {
                logger.warn("giving up looking for fatal errors"; cause);
            final Throwable current = queue.remove();
            if (current instanceof Error) {
                return Optional.of((Error) current);


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