Skipping role – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to load a specific role due to a configuration issue or a problem with the role definition. This could be due to syntax errors in the role definition or missing permissions. To resolve this issue, you can check the role definition for any syntax errors and correct them. Also, ensure that the role has the necessary permissions. If the role is not needed, consider removing it from the configuration to avoid the error.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” . skipping role… ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “. skipping role…” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            assert roleName != null;
            if (logger.isDebugEnabled()) {
                final String finalRoleName = roleName;
                logger.debug((Supplier>) () -> "parsing exception for role [" + finalRoleName + "]"; e);
            } else {
                logger.error(e.getMessage() + ". skipping role...");
        } catch (IOException | XContentParseException e) {
            if (roleName != null) {
                final String finalRoleName = roleName;
                logger.error(() -> format("invalid role definition [%s] in roles file [%s]. skipping role..."; finalRoleName; path); e);


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