How To Solve Issues Related to Log – Failed to get metadata for placement/availability-zone

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Troubleshooting background

To troubleshoot Elasticsearch log “Failed to get metadata for placement/availability-zone” it’s important to know common problems related to Elasticsearch concepts: discovery, discovery-ec2, metadata, Plugin. See below-detailed explanations complete with common problems, examples and useful tips.

Metadata in Elasticsearch

What it is

Metadata is information about the data. In Elasticsearch, each document has associated metadata such as _id and _index meta fields.

Examples
  • Routing meta field:
    • _routing, a routing value that places a document in a particular shard.
  • Other meta field
    • _meta, not used by Elasticsearch but can be used to store application-specific metadata.
PUT index_01
{
  "mappings": {
    "_meta": { 
      "class": "App01::User01",
      "version": "01"
    }
  }
}

  • Identity meta fields: 
    _id , the id of the document, for example querying based on _id field
PUT index01/_doc/1
{
  "text": "Document with ID 1"
}
 
PUT index01/_doc/2
{
  "text": "Document with ID 2"
}
 
GET index01/_search
{
  "query": {
    "terms": {
      "_id": [ "1", "2" ] 
    }
  }
}


To help troubleshoot related issues we have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github , please review the following for further information :

Ix Path Building Failed And Unable
stackoverflow.com/questions/21076179/pkix-path-building-failed-and-unable-to-find-valid-certification-path-to-requ

 

En Could Not Resolve Dependencies A
stackoverflow.com/questions/4650460/maven-could-not-resolve-dependencies-artifacts-could-not-be-resolved

 


Log Context

Log ”Failed to get metadata for placement/availability-zone” classname is Ec2DiscoveryPlugin.java
We have extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code to get an in-depth context :

             } else {
                attrs.put(Node.NODE_ATTRIBUTES.getKey() + "aws_availability_zone"; metadataResult);
            }
        } catch (final IOException e) {
            // this is lenient so the plugin does not fail when installed outside of ec2
            logger.error("failed to get metadata for [placement/availability-zone]"; e);
        }

        return attrs.build();
    }







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