Invalid role definition in roles file invalid role name – skipping role – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when there is an invalid role name in the Elasticsearch roles file. This could be due to a syntax error, a forbidden character, or a name that exceeds the allowed length. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Check the roles file for any syntax errors and correct them. 2) Ensure that the role name does not contain any forbidden characters. 3) Make sure the role name does not exceed the allowed length. 4) If the error persists, consider recreating the role with a valid name.

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

Log Context

Log “invalid role definition [{}] in roles file [{}]. invalid role name – {}. skipping role… ” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                token = parser.nextToken();
                if (token == XContentParser.Token.FIELD_NAME) {
                    roleName = parser.currentName();
                    Validation.Error validationError = Validation.Roles.validateRoleName(roleName);
                    if (validationError != null) {
                        logger.error("invalid role definition [{}] in roles file [{}]. invalid role name - {}. skipping role... ";
                                roleName; path.toAbsolutePath(); validationError);
                        return null;

                    if (resolvePermissions == false) {


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