Unexpected datafeed failure for job – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-6.8

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch’s machine learning feature encounters an issue with a datafeed tied to a specific job. This could be due to various reasons such as incorrect datafeed configuration, insufficient permissions, or network connectivity issues. To resolve this, you can check the datafeed configuration for any errors, ensure the user has the necessary permissions to access the data, and verify network connectivity. Additionally, check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error messages that can help pinpoint the exact issue.

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

Log Context

Log “Unexpected datafeed failure for job [” classname is DatafeedManager.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

logger.debug("Waiting [{}] before executing next realtime import for job [{}]"; delay; jobId);
            holder.cancellable = threadPool.schedule(new AbstractRunnable() {

                public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                    logger.error("Unexpected datafeed failure for job [" + jobId + "] stopping..."; e);
                    holder.stop("general_realtime_error"; TimeValue.timeValueSeconds(20); e);

                protected void doRun() {


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