Meta document not found – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 1.7-1.7

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch cannot locate the meta document, which is essential for indexing and searching operations. This could be due to a missing or incorrectly named document, or a problem with the Elasticsearch cluster. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Verify the document’s existence and its correct name; 2) Check the health of your Elasticsearch cluster and ensure it’s functioning properly; 3) If the document is missing, recreate it; 4) If the cluster is the issue, consider reindexing your data or repairing the cluster.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” {}/{}/_meta document not found ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: document.

Log Context

Log “{}/{}/_meta document not found” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                             if (getResponse.isExists()) {
                                // only create the river if it exists; otherwise; the indexing meta data has not been visible yet...
                                createRiver(routing.riverName(); getResponse.getSourceAsMap());
                            } else {
                                //this should never happen as we've just found the _meta document in RiversRouter
                                logger.warn("{}/{}/_meta document not found"; riverIndexName; routing.riverName().getName());



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