Failed to delete snapshot – How to solve related issues

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Failed to delete snapshot – 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 ” Failed to delete snapshot ” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: delete, snapshot and snapshots.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

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

                             logger.debug("deleted snapshot completed - deleting files");
                            threadPool.executor(ThreadPool.Names.SNAPSHOT).execute(() -> {
                                    try {
                                        deleteSnapshot(snapshot.getRepository(); snapshot.getSnapshotId().getName(); listener; true);
                                    } catch (Exception ex) {
                                        logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] failed to delete snapshot"; snapshot); ex);
                        e -> {


Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

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