Waiting for elected master node to setup local exporter does it have x-pack installed – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 6.8-7.7

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to establish a connection with the master node for setting up a local exporter, possibly due to the absence of X-Pack installation. X-Pack is a feature in Elasticsearch that provides additional capabilities like security, monitoring, etc. To resolve this issue, ensure that X-Pack is installed on all nodes in the cluster. Also, check the network connectivity between the nodes. If the problem persists, consider checking the cluster health and the master node’s logs for any anomalies.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” waiting for elected master node [{}] to setup local exporter [{}] (does it have x-pack installed?) ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: master, node, plugin.

Log Context

Log “waiting for elected master node [{}] to setup local exporter [{}] (does it have x-pack installed?)” classname is LocalExporter.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        if (clusterService.state().nodes().isLocalNodeElectedMaster()) {
            setup = setupIfElectedMaster(clusterState; templates; clusterStateChange);
        } else if (setupIfNotElectedMaster(clusterState; templates.keySet()) == false) {
            // the first pass will be false so that we don't bother users if the master took one-go to setup
            if (waitedForSetup.getAndSet(true)) {
                logger.info("waiting for elected master node [{}] to setup local exporter [{}] (does it have x-pack installed?)";
                            clusterService.state().nodes().getMasterNode(); config.name());

            setup = false;


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