Error while listing local files recovering as if there are none – 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 encounters an issue while trying to list local files, possibly due to file corruption, permission issues, or disk space problems. To resolve this, you can check the file permissions and ensure OpenSearch has the necessary access. If the issue persists, verify the integrity of the files and the available disk space. If there’s a disk space issue, free up some space. If the files are corrupted, you may need to restore them from a backup.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” error while listing local files; recovering as if there are none ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: recovery, indices.

Log Context

Log “error while listing local files; recovering as if there are none” classname is
We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                startingSeqNo = UNASSIGNED_SEQ_NO;
            } else {
                logger.warn("error while listing local files; recovering as if there are none"; e);
            metadataSnapshot = Store.MetadataSnapshot.EMPTY;
        logger.trace("{} local file count [{}]"; recoveryTarget.shardId(); metadataSnapshot.size());
        request = new StartRecoveryRequest(


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