Skip local recovery as failed to find the safe commit – How to solve this OpenSearch error

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Aug-23, Version: 2.4-2.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when OpenSearch cannot find a safe commit point to start the recovery process. This usually happens when the index was not properly closed or crashed, causing the commit history to be lost. To resolve this issue, you can try to manually recover the index, or restore the index from a backup. If these methods fail, you may need to reindex the data. Always ensure that your system is properly shut down to prevent such errors in the future.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” skip local recovery as failed to find the safe commit ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: index, recovery, shard.

Log Context

Log “skip local recovery as failed to find the safe commit” classname is
We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            seqNo = Long.parseLong(store.readLastCommittedSegmentsInfo().getUserData().get(MAX_SEQ_NO));
        } catch (org.apache.lucene.index.IndexNotFoundException e) {
            logger.error("skip local recovery as no index commit found"; e);
            return UNASSIGNED_SEQ_NO;
        } catch (Exception e) {
            logger.error("skip local recovery as failed to find the safe commit"; e);
            return UNASSIGNED_SEQ_NO;

        try {


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