Command missing the from node parameter – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when an Elasticsearch command is missing the ‘from_node’ parameter. This parameter is required to specify the source node from which data is to be transferred. To resolve this issue, you can either add the ‘from_node’ parameter to your command or check your command syntax to ensure it’s correct. Also, ensure that the node you’re referring to exists and is accessible. Lastly, check your Elasticsearch version, as different versions may require different command syntax.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [{}] command missing the from_node parameter ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: routing, allocation, cluster.

Log Context

Log “[{}] command missing the from_node parameter” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (shardId == -1) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("[{}] command missing the shard parameter"; NAME);
 if (fromNode == null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("[{}] command missing the from_node parameter"; NAME);
 if (toNode == null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("[{}] command missing the to_node parameter"; NAME);
 return new MoveAllocationCommand(index; shardId; fromNode; toNode);


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