%s %s failed to update snapshot state to %s – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8.3-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to update the state of a snapshot due to issues like insufficient permissions, network connectivity problems, or disk space issues on the node. To resolve this, you can check and adjust the permissions of the Elasticsearch user, ensure the network connectivity between the nodes is stable, and verify there’s enough disk space available. Additionally, check the snapshot repository’s configuration and ensure it’s correctly set up.

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

Log Context

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

                    logger.trace("[{}][{}] updated snapshot state to [{}]"; shardId; snapshot; status);

                public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                    logger.warn(() -> format("[%s][%s] failed to update snapshot state to [%s]"; shardId; snapshot; status); e);
            (req; reqListener) -> transportService.sendRequest(


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