Cluster service closed while waiting for voting config exclusions – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when an Elasticsearch cluster is shut down while it’s still waiting for voting configuration exclusions to be processed. This could be due to a premature shutdown or a network issue. To resolve this, ensure that all nodes are properly connected and the network is stable. Also, avoid shutting down the cluster while configuration changes are still being processed. If the error persists, consider increasing the timeout settings for the cluster to allow more time for processing configuration exclusions.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” cluster service closed while waiting for voting config exclusions ” 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 voting config exclusions” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }  @Override
 public void onClusterServiceClose() {
 listener.onFailure(new ElasticsearchException("cluster service closed while waiting for voting config exclusions " +
 resolvedExclusions + " to take effect"));
 }  @Override
 public void onTimeout(TimeValue timeout) {


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