Could not parse watch status failed to parse field – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.1

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to parse the watch status due to incorrect or malformed data in the specified field. This could be due to a syntax error, incorrect data type, or a missing required field. To resolve this issue, you should first identify the problematic field. Then, check the data and its format in this field. Make sure the data type matches the expected type and the syntax is correct. If the field is required, ensure it is not missing. Correcting the data or its format should resolve the error.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” could not parse watch status. failed to parse field [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: client, rest-high-level.

Log Context

Log “could not parse watch status. failed to parse field [{}]” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 currentFieldName = parser.currentName();
 } else if (Field.STATE.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 try {
 state = State.parse(parser);
 } catch (ElasticsearchParseException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("could not parse watch status. failed to parse field [{}]"; e; currentFieldName);
 } else if (Field.VERSION.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 if (token.isValue()) {
 version = parser.longValue();
 } else {


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