Failed to associate a new translog – 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 Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to associate a new translog ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

Log “failed to associate a new translog”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

final long primaryTerm = indexShard.getPendingPrimaryTerm();
 final String translogUUID = segmentInfos.userData.get(Translog.TRANSLOG_UUID_KEY);
 final Path translogLocation = indexShard.shardPath().resolveTranslog();
 Translog.createEmptyTranslog(translogLocation; shardId; localCheckpoint; primaryTerm; translogUUID; null);
 } catch (Exception e) {
 throw new TranslogException(shardId; "failed to associate a new translog"; e);


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