Updating – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when there’s an issue updating documents in Elasticsearch. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as incorrect document ID, insufficient permissions, or the document doesn’t exist. To resolve this, ensure the document ID is correct and the document exists. Check the user has the necessary permissions to update the document. Also, ensure the Elasticsearch cluster is running properly and the index is not set to read-only.

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

Log Context

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


    static void logSettingUpdate(Setting> setting; Settings current; Settings previous; Logger logger) {
        if (logger.isInfoEnabled()) {
            if (setting.isFiltered()) {
                logger.info("updating [{}]"; setting.key);
            } else {
                logger.info("updating [{}] from [{}] to [{}]"; setting.key; setting.getRaw(previous); setting.getRaw(current));


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