Failed to update snapshot state – 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 is unable to update the state of a snapshot, possibly due to issues with the underlying storage system or network connectivity. To resolve this, you can try the following: 1) Check the health and connectivity of your storage system. 2) Verify the permissions for OpenSearch to write to the snapshot repository. 3) Check the OpenSearch logs for more detailed error messages. 4) If the snapshot is not crucial, consider deleting and recreating it. 5) If the issue persists, you may need to restart the OpenSearch cluster.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Failed to update snapshot state ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: snapshot.

Log Context

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We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


        } catch (Exception e) {
            assert false : new AssertionError(e);
            logger.warn("Failed to update snapshot state "; e);

    public void beforeIndexShardClosed(ShardId shardId; @Nullable IndexShard indexShard; Settings indexSettings) {


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