A positive runs value is required found – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.16-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to execute a task that requires a positive “runs” value, but it finds an invalid or negative value instead. This could be due to incorrect configuration or a programming error. To resolve this issue, you should first check the configuration or code that sets the “runs” value. Ensure that it is set to a positive integer. If the problem persists, you may need to debug your application to find out why it’s setting an invalid “runs” value.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” A positive runs value is required; found [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: parser, plugin.

Log Context

Log “A positive runs value is required; found [{}]” class name is LogicalPlanBuilder.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 NumberContext numberCtx = sequenceTermCtx.number();
 if (numberCtx instanceof IntegerLiteralContext) {
 Number number = (Number) visitIntegerLiteral((IntegerLiteralContext) numberCtx).fold();
 long value = number.longValue();
 if (value < 1) {
 throw new ParsingException(source(numberCtx); "A positive runs value is required; found [{}]"; value);
 if (value > 100) {
 throw new ParsingException(source(numberCtx); "A query cannot be repeated more than 100 times; found [{}]"; value);
 runs = (int) value;


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