Updating existing snapshot lifecycle – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7.4-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when there’s an attempt to update an existing snapshot lifecycle policy in Elasticsearch, but the update fails due to various reasons such as incorrect syntax, insufficient permissions, or network issues. To resolve this, ensure that the syntax of the update command is correct, the user has the necessary permissions to perform the update, and the Elasticsearch cluster is accessible. Also, check if the snapshot lifecycle policy exists and is not currently being executed, as some changes cannot be made during execution.

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

Log Context

Log “updating existing snapshot lifecycle [{}]” classname is TransportPutSnapshotLifecycleAction.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                snapLifecycles.put(id; newLifecycle);
                lifecycleMetadata = new SnapshotLifecycleMetadata(snapLifecycles; currentMode; snapMeta.getStats());
                if (oldLifecycle == null) {
                    logger.info("adding new snapshot lifecycle [{}]"; id);
                } else {
                    logger.info("updating existing snapshot lifecycle [{}]"; id);

            Metadata currentMeta = currentState.metadata();
            return ClusterState.builder(currentState)


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