Deleting snapshots from repository – How to solve this OpenSearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 1-1.1

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Briefly, this error occurs when OpenSearch is unable to delete snapshots from a specified repository. This could be due to insufficient permissions, a non-existent repository, or a corrupted snapshot. To resolve this, ensure that OpenSearch has the necessary permissions to delete snapshots. If the repository doesn’t exist, create it or specify the correct one. If the snapshot is corrupted, you may need to delete it manually or restore it from a backup. Always ensure to have a backup strategy in place to prevent data loss.

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

Log Context

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

    public void deleteSnapshots(final DeleteSnapshotRequest request; final ActionListener listener) {

        final String[] snapshotNames = request.snapshots();
        final String repoName = request.repository(); -> new ParameterizedMessage("deleting snapshots [{}] from repository [{}]";
                Strings.arrayToCommaDelimitedString(snapshotNames); repoName));

        final Repository repository = repositoriesService.repository(repoName);
        repository.executeConsistentStateUpdate(repositoryData -> new ClusterStateUpdateTask(Priority.NORMAL) {


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