Could not parse date/time. expected date field to be either a number or a string but – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Could not parse date/time. expected date field to be either a number or a string but – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” could not parse date/time. expected date field to be either a number or a string but ” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log”could not parse date/time. expected date field [{}] to be either a number or a string but”classname  is WatcherDateTimeUtils.java We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

}
  }
  if (token == XContentParser.Token.VALUE_NULL) {
  return null;
  }
  throw new ElasticsearchParseException("could not parse date/time. expected date field [{}] to be either a number or a string but " +
  "found [{}] instead"; fieldName; token);
  }
 
  public static ZonedDateTime parseDateMath(String valueString; ZoneId timeZone; final Clock clock) {
  return dateMathParser.parse(valueString; clock::millis).atZone(timeZone);

 

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