Giving up on search because it failed with a non-retryable exception – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 6.8-7.3

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters an exception that it cannot recover from during a search operation. This could be due to various reasons such as a malformed query, insufficient memory, or a network issue. To resolve this, you can first check the Elasticsearch logs for more details about the exception. Then, you can correct the query if it’s malformed, allocate more memory to Elasticsearch if it’s a memory issue, or troubleshoot the network if it’s a connectivity problem.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” giving up on search because it failed with a non-retryable exception ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: search, reindex, index.

Log Context

Log “giving up on search because it failed with a non-retryable exception” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                        logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage(
                                "giving up on search because we retried [{}] times without success"; retryCount); e);
                } else {
                    logger.warn("giving up on search because it failed with a non-retryable exception"; e);
        RetryHelper helper = new RetryHelper();


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