Removing node – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Jan-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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Briefly, this error message indicates that a node is being removed from the Elasticsearch cluster. The reason for this could be a problem with the node or a planned maintenance operation. To resolve the issue, the node should be checked for issues or the maintenance operation should be allowed to complete.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Removing node ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: node and tribe.

Log Context

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

             for (DiscoveryNode discoNode : currentState.nodes()) {
                String markedTribeName = discoNode.getAttributes().get(TRIBE_NAME_SETTING.getKey());
                if (markedTribeName != null && markedTribeName.equals(tribeName)) {
                    if (tribeState.nodes().get(discoNode.getId()) == null) {
                        clusterStateChanged = true;
              "[{}] removing node [{}]"; tribeName; discoNode);
            // go over tribe nodes; and see if they need to be added


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