Exception occurred while deleting remote translog metadata files – How to solve this OpenSearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 2.6-2.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when OpenSearch tries to delete transaction log (translog) metadata files from a remote location and encounters an issue. This could be due to network connectivity problems, insufficient permissions, or the files being locked or in use. To resolve this, ensure that OpenSearch has the necessary permissions to delete files from the remote location. Check the network connection to the remote location. Also, ensure that the files are not being used or locked by another process at the time of deletion.

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

Log Context

Log “Exception occurred while deleting remote translog metadata files {}” classname is TranslogTransferManager.java.
We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


                public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                    logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("Exception occurred while deleting remote translog metadata files {}"; files); e);
        } catch (Exception e) {
            throw e;


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