Removing index – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-6.8

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is deleting an index due to various reasons such as disk space shortage, manual deletion, or an automated process like index lifecycle management. To resolve this, ensure you have enough disk space and properly configure your index lifecycle policies. If it’s a manual deletion, make sure it’s intentional. Also, consider using snapshot and restore features for data backup.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [{}] removing index {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index, tribe.

Log Context

Log “[{}] removing index {}” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                String markedTribeName = TRIBE_NAME_SETTING.get(index.getSettings());
                if (markedTribeName != null && markedTribeName.equals(tribeName)) {
                    IndexMetaData tribeIndex = tribeState.metaData().index(index.getIndex());
                    clusterStateChanged = true;
                    if (tribeIndex == null || tribeIndex.getState() == IndexMetaData.State.CLOSE) {
              "[{}] removing index {}"; tribeName; index.getIndex());
                        removeIndex(blocks; metaData; routingTable; index);
                    } else {
                        // always make sure to update the metadata and routing table; in case
                        // there are changes in them (new mapping; shards moving from initializing to started)