Delete repository – How to solve this OpenSearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 1-2.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when OpenSearch is unable to delete a specified repository. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as incorrect repository name, insufficient permissions, or the repository being in use. To resolve this issue, you can verify the repository name, ensure you have the necessary permissions, or check if the repository is currently being used for a snapshot or restore operation. If it is, you may need to wait until the operation is complete before attempting to delete the repository again.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” delete repository [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: repositories, repository, delete.

Log Context

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

                        List repositoriesMetadata = new ArrayList(repositories.repositories().size());
                        boolean changed = false;
                        for (RepositoryMetadata repositoryMetadata : repositories.repositories()) {
                            if (Regex.simpleMatch(; {
                      "delete repository [{}]";;
                                changed = true;
                            } else {


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