Remote directory still has files not deleting the path – 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 that still contains files. This is a safety measure to prevent accidental data loss. To resolve this issue, you can manually delete the files in the directory if they are no longer needed. Alternatively, you can move the files to another location if they are still required. If the files are locked or in use by another process, you may need to stop that process or unlock the files before deletion. Always ensure to backup important data before performing such operations.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Remote directory still has files ; not deleting the path ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: index.

Log Context

Log “Remote directory still has files ; not deleting the path” classname is
We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

        Collection metadataFiles = remoteMetadataDirectory.listFilesByPrefixInLexicographicOrder(
        if (metadataFiles.size() != 0) {
  "Remote directory still has files ; not deleting the path");
            return false;

        try {


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