Updating cluster.routing.allocation.node-initial-primaries-recoveries from to – How to solve related issues

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Updating cluster.routing.allocation.node-initial-primaries-recoveries from to – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Feb-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you run Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Updating cluster.routing.allocation.node-initial-primaries-recoveries from to ” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: allocation, cluster and routing.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context


Log “updating [cluster.routing.allocation.node_initial_primaries_recoveries] from [{}] to [{}]” classname is ThrottlingAllocationDecider.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

     class ApplySettings implements NodeSettingsService.Listener {
        public void onRefreshSettings(Settings settings) {
            int primariesInitialRecoveries = settings.getAsInt(CLUSTER_ROUTING_ALLOCATION_NODE_INITIAL_PRIMARIES_RECOVERIES; ThrottlingAllocationDecider.this.primariesInitialRecoveries);
            if (primariesInitialRecoveries != ThrottlingAllocationDecider.this.primariesInitialRecoveries) {
                logger.info("updating [cluster.routing.allocation.node_initial_primaries_recoveries] from [{}] to [{}]"; ThrottlingAllocationDecider.this.primariesInitialRecoveries; primariesInitialRecoveries);
                ThrottlingAllocationDecider.this.primariesInitialRecoveries = primariesInitialRecoveries;

            int concurrentRecoveries = settings.getAsInt(CLUSTER_ROUTING_ALLOCATION_NODE_CONCURRENT_RECOVERIES; ThrottlingAllocationDecider.this.concurrentRecoveries);
            if (concurrentRecoveries != ThrottlingAllocationDecider.this.concurrentRecoveries) {


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