Took which is over to for – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7.4-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when a query or operation in Elasticsearch takes longer than the specified timeout period. This could be due to heavy indexing, large data retrieval, or insufficient resources. To resolve this, you can optimize your queries, increase the timeout limit, or scale up your Elasticsearch cluster to handle more load. Additionally, consider implementing pagination for large data retrieval to reduce the load on the server.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” took [{}]; which is over [{}]; to {} for [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: cluster.

Log Context

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We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


    private void logExecutionTime(TimeValue executionTime; String activity; String summary) {
        if (executionTime.getMillis() > slowTaskLoggingThreshold.getMillis()) {
            logger.warn("took [{}]; which is over [{}]; to {} for [{}]"; executionTime; slowTaskLoggingThreshold; activity; summary);
        } else {
            logger.debug("took [{}] to {} for [{}]"; executionTime; activity; summary);


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