Cannot run cleanup on readonly repository – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Cannot run cleanup on readonly repository – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Updated: July-20

Elasticsearch Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Error Check-Up  which can resolve issues causing many errors 


This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “cannot run cleanup on readonly repository” 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: repositories, repository, blobstore.

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 (free tool that requires no installation). 

Log Context

Log”cannot run cleanup on readonly repository”classname  is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

* @param listener Listener to complete when done
  public void cleanup(long repositoryStateId; Version repositoryMetaVersion; ActionListener listener) {
  try {
  if (isReadOnly()) {
  throw new RepositoryException(; "cannot run cleanup on readonly repository");
  Map rootBlobs = blobContainer().listBlobs();
  final RepositoryData repositoryData = safeRepositoryData(repositoryStateId; rootBlobs);
  final Map foundIndices = blobStore().blobContainer(indicesPath()).children();
  final Set survivingIndexIds =


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 Elasticsearch error: cluster_block_exception [FORBIDDEN/12/index read-only / allow delete (api)], flood stage disk watermark exceeded -views 51,409 ,score 100

How to undo setting Elasticsearch Index to readonly? -views   42,139,score 27



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