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Troubleshooting background

To troubleshoot Elasticsearch log “Failed to parse mapping for type :” it’s important to understand common problems related to Elasticsearch concepts: checks, cluster, deprecation, mapping, plugin. See detailed explanations below complete with common problems, examples and useful tips.

Cluster in Elasticsearch

What is it

In Elasticsearch a cluster is a collection of one or more nodes (servers / VMs). A cluster can consist of an unlimited number of nodes. The cluster provides interface for indexing and storing data and search capability across all of the data which is stored in the data nodes

Each cluster has a single master node that is elected by the master eligible nodes. In cases where the master is not available the other connected master eligible nodes elect a new master. Clusters are identified by a unique name, which defaults to “Elasticsearch”.

Deprecation in Elasticsearch

What it is

Deprecation refers to processes and functions that are in the process of being eliminated and (possibly) replaced by newer ones.

Typically, a function will not disappear from one version to the next without warning. Normally this will happen across a number of versions. When you use a deprecated function in intermediate versions, it will continue to work as before, but you will receive warnings that the function in question is intended to disappear in the future.

How it works

There are a number of ways you can find out which functions have been deprecated, including: deprecation logs, reading the breaking pages documentation and paying attention to warnings.

In a deprecation log:

{"type": "deprecation", "timestamp": "2020-01-16T12:50:11,263+0000", "level": "WARN", "component": "o.e.d.r.a.d.RestDeleteAction", "": "docker-cluster", "": "es01", "cluster.uuid": "VGTYFgunQ_STTKVz6YHAGg", "": "wh5J7TJ-RD-pJE4JOUjVpw",  "message": "[types removal] Specifying types in document index requests is deprecated, use the typeless endpoints instead (/{index}/_doc/{id}, /{index}/_doc, or /{index}/_create/{id})."  }

Reading the breaking changes documentation for each version:

In kibana you may also see a warning if you run a deprecated command in the development panel:

#! Deprecation: [types removal] Specifying types in document index requests is deprecated, use the typeless endpoints instead (/{index}/_doc/{id}, /{index}/_doc, or /{index}/_create/{id}).

It is important to act upon these warnings. Although your application still works, ignoring the warnings will almost certainly cause things to malfunction in a future upgrade.

Deprecation API

There is a depreciation API, which can help point you to deprecated functions on your cluster:

Version 5.6-6.8

GET /_xpack/migration/deprecations

Version 7

GET /_migration/deprecations

However, you should never depend on the deprecation API alone. Just because the API returns with no issues, it does not mean that everything in your setup will work out of the box when migrating!  This is to be used in addition to looking through the deprecation log and breaking changes documentation.

  • The removal of document types (“_type”) . Various document types were allowed in a single index in version 6, but this functionality has been removed. You will get warnings if you use document types in queries, and only 1 document type is allowed per index in version 7.  The functionality is expected to be completely removed in version 8.
  • The discovery.zen.minimum_master_nodes setting is permitted, but ignored, on 7.x nodes.

There are many more examples to be found in the breaking changes documentation.

Notes and good things to know

It is important to visit ALL  the breaking changes for each minor version between the version you are using and the version you want to upgrade to.

Contains information that is not mentioned on the next page.

The best way is to go to the “breaking changes” page of the version you want to upgrade to, and then use the links to page look through all of the minor version pages down to the one you want to upgrade from, paying particular attention to the major version change (eg. 7.0 )

Opster supports all Elasticsearch versions so If you need help reach out

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 :

1 How to solve “Failed to parse content to map” error while creating index? 0.23 K 1

2Elasticsearch 7: Failed to parse mapping [_doc]: Root mapping definition has unsupported parameters: 0.71 K  1

Log Context

Log ”Failed to parse mapping for type {}: {}” classname is
We have extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code to get an in-depth context :

                 String mappingTypeName = mappingCursor.key;
                MappingMetaData mappingMetaData = null;
                try {
                    mappingMetaData = new MappingMetaData(mappingCursor.value);
                } catch (IOException e) {
                    logger.error("failed to parse mapping for type {}: {}"; mappingTypeName; e);
                if (mappingMetaData != null && defaultFieldSet == false) {
                    maxFields.set(IndexDeprecationChecks.countFieldsRecursively(mappingMetaData.type(); mappingMetaData.sourceAsMap()));
                if (maxFields.get() > maxClauseCount) {

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