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

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-6.8

Briefly, this error occurs when there is a misconfiguration in the usersroles file of Elasticsearch. This file is used to assign roles to users, and if there’s an invalid entry, Elasticsearch will not be able to parse it correctly. To resolve this issue, you should first check the syntax of the usersroles file. Make sure that each line is correctly formatted and that there are no typos or missing elements. If the problem persists, try to validate the file with a JSON or YAML validator, depending on the format you’re using.

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: discovery-file and 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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