Users roles file changed updating users roles – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when there are changes in the roles file of Elasticsearch users. This could be due to manual changes or automated updates. The system is simply notifying that it’s updating the users’ roles according to the changes made. To resolve this, ensure that the changes made are correct and intentional. If the changes are not intentional, revert back to the previous roles file. If the error persists, check for issues with file permissions or Elasticsearch’s ability to read the file.

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

Log Context

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

            if (file.equals(FileUserRolesStore.this.file)) {
                final Map previousUserRoles = userRoles;
                userRoles = parseFileLenient(file; logger);

                if (Maps.deepEquals(previousUserRoles; userRoles) == false) {
          "users roles file [{}] changed. updating users roles..."; file.toAbsolutePath());


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