Cluster service closed while waiting for removal of nodes – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when the Elasticsearch cluster service is shut down while it is still in the process of removing nodes. This could be due to an abrupt shutdown or a timeout issue. To resolve this, you can try restarting the Elasticsearch service. If the problem persists, consider increasing the timeout settings. Also, ensure that the nodes are properly removed before shutting down the service. Lastly, check for any network connectivity issues that might be causing delays in the removal of nodes.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” cluster service closed while waiting for removal of nodes ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: admin, cluster.

Log Context

Log “cluster service closed while waiting for removal of nodes” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 submitClearVotingConfigExclusionsTask(request; startTimeMillis; listener);
 }  @Override
 public void onClusterServiceClose() {
 listener.onFailure(new ElasticsearchException("cluster service closed while waiting for removal of nodes "
 + initialState.getVotingConfigExclusions()));
 }  @Override
 public void onTimeout(TimeValue timeout) {


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