Updating index lifecycle policy – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 7-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when there’s an issue updating the index lifecycle policy in Elasticsearch. This policy controls how indices are managed over time, such as when they’re rolled over or deleted. The error could be due to incorrect policy settings, insufficient permissions, or a network issue. To resolve this, ensure the policy settings are correct and that the user has the necessary permissions. If the issue persists, check the network connectivity between the Elasticsearch nodes. Also, ensure the Elasticsearch cluster is running the correct version that supports index lifecycle management.

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

Log Context

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

            LifecyclePolicyMetadata oldPolicy = newPolicies.put(lifecyclePolicyMetadata.getName(); lifecyclePolicyMetadata);
            if (verboseLogging) {
                if (oldPolicy == null) {
                    logger.info("adding index lifecycle policy [{}]"; request.getPolicy().getName());
                } else {
                    logger.info("updating index lifecycle policy [{}]"; request.getPolicy().getName());
            IndexLifecycleMetadata newMetadata = new IndexLifecycleMetadata(newPolicies; currentILMMode(currentState));
            stateBuilder.metadata(Metadata.builder(currentState.getMetadata()).putCustom(IndexLifecycleMetadata.TYPE; newMetadata).build());
            ClusterState nonRefreshedState = stateBuilder.build();


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