Error while attempting to bulk index documents: – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Jan-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you run Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Error while attempting to bulk index documents: ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: bulk, index, indexer, indexing and plugin.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

Log “Error while attempting to bulk index documents:” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            doNextBulk(bulkRequest; ActionListener.wrap(bulkResponse -> {
                // TODO we should check items in the response and move after accordingly to
                // resume the failing buckets ?
                if (bulkResponse.hasFailures()) {
                    logger.warn("Error while attempting to bulk index documents: " + bulkResponse.buildFailureMessage());
                if (checkState(getState()) == false) {


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