Cannot create job – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to create a new job due to a variety of reasons such as insufficient permissions, lack of resources, or a conflict with an existing job. To resolve this issue, you can check if the user has the necessary permissions to create a job, ensure there are enough resources available, and verify that there isn’t a job with the same name already existing. If the problem persists, you may need to check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error messages.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Cannot create job [ ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “Cannot create job [” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 persistentTasksService.sendStartRequest(job.getConfig().getId(); RollupField.TASK_NAME; job;
 rollupConfigPersistentTask -> waitForRollupStarted(job; listener; persistentTasksService);
 e -> {
 if (e instanceof ResourceAlreadyExistsException) {
 e = new ElasticsearchStatusException("Cannot create job [" + job.getConfig().getId() +
 "] because it has already been created (task exists)"; RestStatus.CONFLICT; e);


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