%s failed updating state to %s – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 8.4-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to update its internal state, possibly due to network issues, insufficient permissions, or a problem with the cluster state. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Check the network connectivity between the nodes. 2) Verify that Elasticsearch has the necessary permissions to write to the directory. 3) Check the health of the cluster and ensure all nodes are functioning properly. 4) If the problem persists, consider restarting the Elasticsearch service.

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

Log Context

Log “[%s] failed updating state to [%s].” classname is TransformTask.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            }; exc -> {
                    "Failed to persist to cluster state while marking task as started. Failure: " + exc.getMessage()
                logger.error(() -> format("[%s] failed updating state to [%s]."; getTransformId(); state); exc);
                    new ElasticsearchException(
                        "Error while updating state for transform [" + transform.getId() + "] to [" + state.getIndexerState() + "].";


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