Char cannot be used for escaping – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Char cannot be used for escaping – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Updated: July-20

Elasticsearch Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “Char cannot be used for escaping” 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: parser, plugin.

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Log Context

Log”Char [{}] cannot be used for escaping”classname  is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

throw new ParsingException(source(escapeCtx); "A character not a string required for escaping; found [{}]"; escapeString);
  } else if (escapeString.length() == 1) {
  escape = escapeString.charAt(0);
  // these chars already have a meaning
  if (escape == '*' || escape == '%' || escape == '_') {
  throw new ParsingException(source(escapeCtx.escape); "Char [{}] cannot be used for escaping"; escape);
  // lastly validate that escape chars (if present) are followed by special chars
  for (int i = 0; i 


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