Failed to execute snapshot lifecycle policy policyId – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7.4-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to execute a snapshot lifecycle policy, which is a set of rules that control when and how often snapshots are taken. This could be due to various reasons such as insufficient permissions, incorrect policy configuration, or issues with the snapshot repository. To resolve this, you can check and correct the policy configuration, ensure the Elasticsearch cluster has the necessary permissions to execute the policy, and verify the snapshot repository is correctly set up and accessible.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to execute snapshot lifecycle policy [” + policyId + “] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, snapshot.

Log Context

Log “failed to execute snapshot lifecycle policy [” + policyId + “]” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (snapshotName.isPresent()) {
 listener.onResponse(new ExecuteSnapshotLifecycleAction.Response(snapshotName.get()));
 } else {
 listener.onFailure(new ElasticsearchException("failed to execute snapshot lifecycle policy [" + policyId + "]"));
 } catch (Exception e) {


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