Cannot close indices that are being snapshotted: – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Cannot close indices that are being snapshotted: ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: indices, metadata and cluster.

Log Context

Log “Cannot close indices that are being snapshotted:”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 // Check if index closing conflicts with any running snapshots
 Set snapshottingIndices = SnapshotsService.snapshottingIndices(currentState; indicesToClose);
 if (snapshottingIndices.isEmpty() == false) {
 throw new SnapshotInProgressException("Cannot close indices that are being snapshotted: " + snapshottingIndices +
 ". Try again after snapshot finishes or cancel the currently running snapshot.");
 final ClusterBlocks.Builder blocks = ClusterBlocks.builder().blocks(currentState.blocks());
 final RoutingTable.Builder routingTable = RoutingTable.builder(currentState.routingTable());


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