Log Unexpected failure while waiting for incoming joins – How To Solve Related Issues

Log Unexpected failure while waiting for incoming joins – How To Solve Related Issues

Opster Team

Jan-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “Unexpected failure while waiting for incoming joins” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: discovery, join, node.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to discover the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations. 

Log Context

Log”Unexpected failure while waiting for incoming joins” classname is NodeJoinController.java
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                 final int pendingNodes = myElectionContext.getPendingMasterJoinsCount();
                logger.trace("timed out waiting to be elected. waited [{}]. pending master node joins [{}]"; timeValue; pendingNodes);
            failContextIfNeeded(myElectionContext; "timed out waiting to be elected");
        } catch (Exception e) {
            logger.error("unexpected failure while waiting for incoming joins"; e);
            if (myElectionContext != null) {
                failContextIfNeeded(myElectionContext; "unexpected failure while waiting for pending joins [" + e.getMessage() + "]");


Related issues to this log

We have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github, that can help fix related issues please review the following for further information :

1 How To Fix Elasticsearch Cluster Ne  

Github Issue Number 31801  


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