Interrupted while waiting shards evictions to be processed – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.11-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is interrupted during the process of evicting shards, which can happen due to a system shutdown or a network issue. To resolve this, you can try restarting the Elasticsearch service. If the problem persists, consider checking the cluster health and ensure that there are no unassigned shards. You may also need to check your network connectivity and ensure that there is enough disk space available for Elasticsearch to operate efficiently.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” interrupted while waiting shards evictions to be processed ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, shards, cache.

Log Context

Log “interrupted while waiting shards evictions to be processed” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                shardsEvictionsLock.writeLock().lock(); // wait indefinitely
            success = true;
        } catch (InterruptedException e) {
            logger.warn("interrupted while waiting shards evictions to be processed"; e);
        } finally {
            if (success) {


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