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Troubleshooting background

To troubleshoot Elasticsearch log “Error firing refresh listener” it’s important to understand common problems related to Elasticsearch concepts: index, listeners, refresh, shard. See detailed explanations below complete with common problems, examples and useful tips.

Index in Elasticsearch

What it is

In Elasticsearch, an index (indices in plural) can be thought of as a table inside a database that has a schema and can have one or more shards and replicas. An Elasticsearch index is divided into shards and each shard is an instance of a Lucene index.

Indices are used to store the documents in dedicated data structures corresponding to the data type of fields. For example, text fields are stored inside an inverted index whereas numeric and geo fields are stored inside BKD trees.

Examples
Create Index

The following example is based on Elasticsearch version 5.x onwards. An index with two shards, each having one replica will be created with the name test_index1

PUT /test_index1?pretty
{
    "settings" : {
        "number_of_shards" : 2,
        "number_of_replicas" : 1
    },
    "mappings" : {
        "properties" : {
            "tags" : { "type" : "keyword" },
            "updated_at" : { "type" : "date" }
        }
    }
}
List Indices

All the index names and their basic information can be retrieved using the following command:

GET _cat/indices?v
Index a document

Let’s add a document in the index with below command:

PUT test_index1/_doc/1
{
  "tags": [
    "opster",
    "elasticsearch"
  ],
  "date": "01-01-2020"
}
Query an index
GET test_index1/_search
{
  "query": {
    "match_all": {}
  }
}
Query Multiple Indices

It is possible to search multiple indices with a single request. If it is a raw HTTP request, Index names should be sent in comma-separated format, as shown in the example below, and in the case of a query via a programming language client such as python or Java, index names are to be sent in a list format.

GET test_index1,test_index2/_search
Delete Indices
DELETE test_index1
Common Problems
  • It is good practice to define the settings and mapping of an Index wherever possible because if this is not done, Elasticsearch tries to automatically guess the data type of fields at the time of indexing. This automatic process may have disadvantages, such as mapping conflicts, duplicate data and incorrect data types being set in the index. If the fields are not known in advance, it’s better to use dynamic index templates.
  • Elasticsearch supports wildcard patterns in Index names, which sometimes aids with querying multiple indices, but can also be very destructive too. For example, It is possible to delete all the indices in a single command using the following commands:
DELETE /*

To disable this, you can add the following lines in the elasticsearch.yml:

action.destructive_requires_name: true

Refresh in Elasticsearch


What it is

When indexing data, Elasticsearch requires a “refresh” operation to make indexed information available for search. This means that there is a time delay between indexing and the updated information actually becoming available for the client applications.

How it works

Index operations occur in memory. The operations are accumulated in a buffer until refreshed, which requires that the buffer be transferred to a newly created lucene segment. Refresh happens by default every second, but it is also possible to change this frequency for a given index, or directly request a refresh through the refresh api.

Examples

You can set the refresh interval on an index like this:

PUT /my_index/_settings
{
    "index" : {
        "refresh_interval" : "30s"
    }
}

You can use a value of -1 to represent “no refresh” but remember to set it back once you’ve finished indexing!

You can force a refresh on a given index like this:

POST my_index/_refresh

You can also force a refresh at the end of an index operation by adding an extra parameter in the url like this:

POST /my_index/_index?refresh=waitfor

In this case, the “waitfor” parameter will force the client to wait for the refresh to complete before returning (useful in scripts), or you can use “true” to force the refresh without keeping the script waiting.

Notes and good things to know:

Refreshing is resource-intensive, so you can increase indexing speed by reducing the refresh rate. You can do this temporarily if you need to reload a lot of data, or for some logging applications it is perfectly acceptable to have, say, a 30s latency before data actually becomes available.

Beware of the refresh interval when scripting or updating. Scripts often work faster than the refresh interval, so if necessary, you might need to call a refresh before retrieving or updating data in your scripts, or use the waitfor parameter while indexing as described above.


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Log Context

Log ”Error firing refresh listener” classname is RefreshListeners.java
We have extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code to get an in-depth context :

<pre class="wp-block-syntaxhighlighter-code">             listenerExecutor.execute(() -> {
                for (Tuple<Translog.Location; Consumer<Boolean>> listener : listenersToFire) {
                    try {
                        listener.v2().accept(false);
                    } catch (Exception e) {
                        logger.warn("Error firing refresh listener"; e);
                    }
                }
            });
        }
    }




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