Invalid entry in users roles file line skipping – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when there is a misconfiguration in the users roles file of Elasticsearch. This could be due to incorrect syntax, invalid characters, or missing required fields. To resolve this issue, you should first check the users roles file for any obvious errors. Ensure that the syntax is correct, all required fields are present, and there are no invalid characters. If the error persists, you may need to recreate the users roles file or restore it from a backup.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” invalid entry in users_roles file [{}]; line [{}]. skipping… ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “invalid entry in users_roles file [{}]; line [{}]. skipping…” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            if (line.startsWith("#")) {  // comment
            int i = line.indexOf(":");
            if (i 


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