How To Solve Issues Related to Log – Removing custom meta data type

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To troubleshoot Elasticsearch log “Removing custom meta data type” it’s important to understand common problems related to Elasticsearch concepts: tribe. See detailed explanations below complete with common problems, examples and useful tips.


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Log ”[{}] removing custom meta data type [{}]” classname is TribeService.java
We have extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code to get an in-depth context :

                 if (mergedCustomMetaData == null) {
                    // we ignore merging custom md which doesn't implement MergableCustomMetaData interface
                    if (currentState.metaData().custom(changedCustomMetaDataType) instanceof MergableCustomMetaData) {
                        // custom md has been removed
                        clusterStateChanged = true;
                        logger.info("[{}] removing custom meta data type [{}]"; tribeName; changedCustomMetaDataType);
                        metaData.removeCustom(changedCustomMetaDataType);
                    }
                } else {
                    // custom md has been changed
                    clusterStateChanged = true;






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