Failed to remove snapshot metadata – How to solve this OpenSearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 1-2.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when OpenSearch fails to delete the metadata associated with a snapshot. This could be due to insufficient permissions, a corrupt snapshot, or issues with the underlying storage system. To resolve this, you can try the following: 1) Check and adjust the permissions of the user trying to delete the snapshot. 2) Try to repair the corrupt snapshot or delete it if it’s not needed. 3) Investigate the health and connectivity of your storage system, and fix any identified issues.

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

Log Context

Log “[{}] failed to remove snapshot metadata” classname is
We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


            public void onFailure(String source; Exception e) {
                logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] failed to remove snapshot metadata"; snapshot); e);
                    new SnapshotException(snapshot; "Failed to remove snapshot from cluster state"; e)


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