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

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8.3-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when there is a syntax error or invalid configuration in the Elasticsearch roles file. The roles file is used to define user roles and permissions. If there’s an error in the file, Elasticsearch will skip the role. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Check the syntax of the roles file for any errors or inconsistencies. 2) Validate the role definitions to ensure they are correct. 3) Ensure the roles file is in the correct location and is readable by Elasticsearch. 4) Restart Elasticsearch after making any changes to the roles file.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” invalid role definition in roles file [” + path + “]. 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 [” + path + “]. skipping role…” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        } catch (IOException | XContentParseException e) {
            if (roleName != null) {
                final String finalRoleName = roleName;
                logger.error(() -> format("invalid role definition [%s] in roles file [%s]. skipping role..."; finalRoleName; path); e);
            } else {
                logger.error((Supplier>) () -> "invalid role definition in roles file [" + path + "]. skipping role..."; e);
        return null;


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