Could not parse action for watch . id contains whitespace – 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 ” could not parse action for watch . id contains whitespace ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “could not parse action [{}] for watch [{}]. id contains whitespace”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

XContentParser.Token token;
 while ((token = parser.nextToken()) != XContentParser.Token.END_OBJECT) {
 if (token == XContentParser.Token.FIELD_NAME) {
 id = parser.currentName();
 if (WatcherUtils.isValidId(id) == false) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("could not parse action [{}] for watch [{}]. id contains whitespace"; id;
 } else if (token == XContentParser.Token.START_OBJECT && id != null) {
 actions.add(ActionWrapper.parse(watchId; id; parser; this; clock; licenseState));


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