The specified location doesn t start with any – 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 the location specified in the OpenSearch configuration doesn’t start with any recognized protocol (like http://, https://, file://). This could be due to a typo or incorrect configuration. To resolve this, ensure that the location starts with a valid protocol. If it’s a file, ensure the path is correct and the file exists. If it’s a URL, ensure it’s accessible and correctly typed. Also, check your OpenSearch configuration for any errors or omissions.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” The specified location [{}] doesn’t start with any ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: repositories.

Log Context

Log “The specified location [{}] doesn’t start with any” classname is
We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            throw new RepositoryException(; "missing location");
        Path locationFile = environment.resolveRepoFile(location);
        if (locationFile == null) {
            if (environment.repoFiles().length > 0) {
                logger.warn("The specified location [{}] doesn't start with any "
                    + "repository paths specified by the path.repo setting: [{}] "; location; environment.repoFiles());
                throw new RepositoryException(; "location [" + location
                    + "] doesn't match any of the locations specified by path.repo");
            } else {
                logger.warn("The specified location [{}] should start with a repository path specified by"


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