Updated limit and overhead for – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.9-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch updates the limit and overhead for a specific resource, such as memory or disk space. This could be due to a change in the configuration settings or an automatic adjustment made by Elasticsearch to prevent resource exhaustion. To resolve this issue, you can check the current settings and adjust them if necessary. If the error persists, consider increasing the resources available to Elasticsearch. Also, ensure that your queries and indices are optimized to prevent unnecessary resource usage.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Updated limit {} and overhead {} for {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: indices, breaker.

Log Context

Log “Updated limit {} and overhead {} for {}” classname is HierarchyCircuitBreakerService.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

    private void updateCircuitBreakerSettings(String name; ByteSizeValue newLimit; Double newOverhead) {
        CircuitBreaker childBreaker = breakers.get(name);
        if (childBreaker != null) {
            childBreaker.setLimitAndOverhead(newLimit.getBytes(); newOverhead);
            logger.info("Updated limit {} and overhead {} for {}"; newLimit.getStringRep(); newOverhead; name);

    private static void validateTotalCircuitBreakerLimit(ByteSizeValue byteSizeValue) {
        BreakerSettings newParentSettings = new BreakerSettings(


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