Updating action operate all indices from to – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 2.3-2.3

Briefly, this error occurs when there’s an attempt to perform an update operation on all indices, but the operation fails due to issues like insufficient permissions, incorrect syntax, or system resource limitations. To resolve this, ensure that the user has the necessary permissions to perform the operation. Check the syntax of the update operation to ensure it’s correct. Also, monitor system resources like memory and disk space to ensure they’re not maxed out, as this could cause the operation to fail.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” updating [action.operate_all_indices] from [{}] to [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index.

Log Context

Log “updating [action.operate_all_indices] from [{}] to [{}]” classname is DestructiveOperations.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

    public void onRefreshSettings(Settings settings) {
        boolean newValue = settings.getAsBoolean(DestructiveOperations.REQUIRES_NAME; destructiveRequiresName);
        if (destructiveRequiresName != newValue) {
            logger.info("updating [action.operate_all_indices] from [{}] to [{}]"; destructiveRequiresName; newValue);
            this.destructiveRequiresName = newValue;

    private static boolean hasWildcardUsage(String aliasOrIndex) {


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