command missing the index parameter – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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

Log Context

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

} else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("[{}] command does not support complex json tokens [{}]"; NAME; token);
 if (index == null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("[{}] command missing the index parameter"; NAME);
 if (shardId == -1) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("[{}] command missing the shard parameter"; NAME);
 if (fromNode == null) {


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