Failed publication as already publication in progress – 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 there’s an attempt to publish changes to the cluster state while a previous publication is still in progress. OpenSearch can only handle one publication at a time. To resolve this, you can try the following: 1) Increase the cluster state update settings to allow more time for publications to complete. 2) Check for heavy operations that may be slowing down the cluster state updates and optimize them. 3) Monitor the cluster’s performance to identify and address any bottlenecks.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [{}] failed publication as already publication in progress ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: cluster.

Log Context

Log “[{}] failed publication as already publication in progress” classname is
We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


                if (currentPublication.isPresent()) {
                    assert false : "[" + currentPublication.get() + "] in progress; cannot start new publication";
                    logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] failed publication as already publication in progress";
                    publishListener.onFailure(new FailedToCommitClusterStateException("publication " + currentPublication.get() +
                        " already in progress"));


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