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

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when there is a misconfiguration in the Elasticsearch users roles file. This could be due to incorrect syntax, invalid role names, or missing required fields. To resolve this issue, you should first check the syntax of the roles file, ensuring it follows the correct format. Next, verify that all role names are valid and exist in the system. Lastly, make sure all required fields are present in each role entry. If the error persists, consider recreating the roles file from scratch to eliminate any hidden errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” invalid role 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 role entry in users_roles file [{}]; line [{}] – {}. skipping…” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            String role = line.substring(0; i).trim();
            Validation.Error validationError = Validation.Roles.validateRoleName(role; true);
            if (validationError != null) {
                logger.error("invalid role entry in users_roles file [{}]; line [{}] - {}. skipping..."; path.toAbsolutePath(); lineNr;
            String usersStr = line.substring(i + 1).trim();
            if (Strings.isEmpty(usersStr)) {


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