The specified location doesn t start with any – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.6-7.6

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to find the specified location because it doesn’t start with any recognized protocol such as http, https, file, etc. This could be due to a typo or incorrect configuration. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Check the specified location for any typos or errors. 2) Ensure that the location starts with a recognized protocol. 3) If you’re using a file, ensure that the file path is correct and the file exists. 4) If you’re using a URL, ensure that it’s accessible and correctly formatted.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” The specified location [{}] doesn’t start with any ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: repositories and repository-azure.

Log Context

Log “The specified location [{}] doesn’t start with any” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

throw new RepositoryException(; "missing location");
        Path locationFile = environment.resolveRepoFile(location);
        if (locationFile == null) {
            if (environment.repoFiles().length > 0) {
                logger.warn("The specified location [{}] doesn't start with any "
                    + "repository paths specified by the path.repo setting: [{}] "; location; environment.repoFiles());
                throw new RepositoryException(; "location [" + location
                    + "] doesn't match any of the locations specified by path.repo");
            } else {
                logger.warn("The specified location [{}] should start with a repository path specified by"


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