Upgrading lifecycle policy for – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8.9-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when there’s an attempt to upgrade the lifecycle policy of an Elasticsearch index but the process fails. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as incorrect policy configurations, insufficient permissions, or network issues. To resolve this, you can check and correct the lifecycle policy configurations, ensure the user has the necessary permissions, or troubleshoot any network connectivity issues. Additionally, ensure that the Elasticsearch cluster is running the correct version that supports the lifecycle policy upgrade.

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

Log Context

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

                final LifecyclePolicy currentPolicy = metadata != null ? metadata.getPolicies().get(policy.getName()) : null;
                if (Objects.isNull(currentPolicy)) {
                    logger.debug("adding lifecycle policy [{}] for [{}]; because it doesn't exist"; policy.getName(); getOrigin());
                    putPolicy(policy; creationCheck);
                } else if (isUpgradeRequired(currentPolicy; policy)) {
                    logger.info("upgrading lifecycle policy [{}] for [{}]"; policy.getName(); getOrigin());
                    putPolicy(policy; creationCheck);
                } else {
                    logger.trace("not adding lifecycle policy [{}] for [{}]; because it already exists"; policy.getName(); getOrigin());


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