How To Solve Issues Related to Log – Running as ROOT user. this is a bad idea!

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Troubleshooting background

To troubleshoot Elasticsearch log “Running as ROOT user. this is a bad idea!” it’s important to know common problems related to Elasticsearch concepts: bootstrap. See below-detailed explanations complete with common problems, examples and useful tips.


To help troubleshoot related issues we have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github , please review the following for further information :

1. Root user in Elasticsearch 2.4.0 in Docker container – Stats : ♥ 1.18 K  Ι √ 6

2. How to run Elasticsearch 5.2.1 as root user in linux machine – Stats : ♥ 3.03 K  Ι √    3


Log Context

Log ”Running as ROOT user. this is a bad idea!” classname is Bootstrap.java
We have extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code to get an in-depth context :

         final ESLogger logger = Loggers.getLogger(Bootstrap.class);

        // check if the user is running as root; and bail
        if (Natives.definitelyRunningAsRoot()) {
            if (Boolean.parseBoolean(System.getProperty("es.insecure.allow.root"))) {
                logger.warn("running as ROOT user. this is a bad idea!");
            } else {
                throw new RuntimeException("don't run elasticsearch as root.");
            }
        }







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