Unable to clear application privileges and role cache – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.9-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to clear the application privileges and role cache due to insufficient permissions or a network connectivity issue. To resolve this, you can ensure that the user has the necessary permissions to perform this action. If permissions are not the issue, check the network connectivity between the nodes. If the problem persists, consider restarting the Elasticsearch cluster, but be aware that this may cause downtime.

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

Log Context

Log “unable to clear application privileges and role cache” classname is NativePrivilegeStore.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


            public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                logger.error("unable to clear application privileges and role cache"; e);
                    new ElasticsearchException(
                        "clearing the application privileges and role cache failed. " + "please clear the caches manually";


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