Retry execution of step %s for index %s failed – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8.4-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to execute a step for a specific index, possibly due to a network issue, insufficient resources, or a problem with the index itself. To resolve this, you can try the following: 1) Check the health of your network and ensure stable connectivity. 2) Verify that your system has enough resources (CPU, memory, disk space). 3) Check the index for any issues and fix them. 4) Retry the operation after addressing the problem. If the error persists, consider seeking help from Elasticsearch support.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” retry execution of step [%s] for index [%s] failed ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, index.

Log Context

Log “retry execution of step [%s] for index [%s] failed” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            return Objects.hash(index; policy; currentStepKey; failedStep);

        protected void handleFailure(Exception e) {
            logger.error(() -> format("retry execution of step [%s] for index [%s] failed"; failedStep.getKey().name(); index); e);

        protected void onClusterStateProcessed(ClusterState newState) {
            IndexMetadata newIndexMeta = newState.metadata().index(index);


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