Exception occurred while deleting directory – How to solve this OpenSearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 2.9-2.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when OpenSearch tries to delete a directory but fails due to issues like insufficient permissions, the directory being in use, or the directory not existing. To resolve this, ensure that OpenSearch has the necessary permissions to delete the directory. If the directory is in use, close any processes using it. If the directory doesn’t exist, check the directory path for any errors. Also, ensure that the file system is not read-only and has enough space.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Exception occurred while deleting directory ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: index.

Log Context

Log “Exception occurred while deleting directory” classname is RemoteSegmentStoreDirectory.java.
We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        try {
        } catch (Exception e) {
            logger.error("Exception occurred while deleting directory"; e);
            return false;

        return true;


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