Policy for index on an error step after a terminal error skipping execution – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7.6-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when an Elasticsearch index lifecycle management (ILM) policy encounters a terminal error during execution, causing it to skip subsequent steps. This could be due to issues like insufficient disk space, incorrect policy configuration, or network problems. To resolve this, you can check the cluster health and ensure there’s enough disk space. Review the ILM policy for any misconfigurations and correct them. If the issue persists, you may need to manually move the index to a different lifecycle step or retry the step that caused the error.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” policy [{}] for index [{}] on an error step after a terminal error; skipping execution ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, index.

Log Context

Log “policy [{}] for index [{}] on an error step after a terminal error; skipping execution” classname is IndexLifecycleRunner.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                new MoveToRetryFailedStepUpdateTask(indexMetadata.getIndex(); policy; currentStep; failedStep)
        } else {
            logger.debug("policy [{}] for index [{}] on an error step after a terminal error; skipping execution"; policy; index);

     * If the current step (matching the expected step key) is an asynchronous action step; run it


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