Failed to delete metadata for index – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Jan-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Failed to delete metadata for index ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: blobstore, delete, index, metadata and repositories.

Log Context

Log “[{}] failed to delete metadata for index [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

         final SnapshotId snapshotId = snapshotInfo.snapshotId();
        BlobContainer indexMetaDataBlobContainer = blobStore().blobContainer(basePath().add("indices").add(indexId.getId()));
        try {
            indexMetaDataFormat.delete(indexMetaDataBlobContainer; snapshotId.getUUID());
        } catch (IOException ex) {
            logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] failed to delete metadata for index [{}]";
                snapshotId; indexId.getName()); ex);



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