Failed to execute snapshot lifecycle retention – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.5-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to execute the snapshot lifecycle retention due to issues like insufficient permissions, lack of disk space, or network connectivity problems. To resolve this, you can check and adjust the permissions, ensure there’s enough disk space, and verify network connectivity. Additionally, check the snapshot lifecycle policy configuration for any errors and correct them if necessary. Also, ensure that the Elasticsearch cluster is running and accessible.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to execute snapshot lifecycle retention ” 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 retention” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 try {"manually triggering SLM snapshot retention");
 } catch (Exception e) {
 listener.onFailure(new ElasticsearchException("failed to execute snapshot lifecycle retention"; e));
 }  @Override
 protected ClusterBlockException checkBlock(ExecuteSnapshotRetentionAction.Request request; ClusterState state) {


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