Failed to parse; document is empty – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Failed to parse; document is empty – 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 ” failed to parse; document is empty ” 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: index and document.

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”failed to parse; document is empty”classname  is DocumentParser.java We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

return (MapperParsingException) e;
  }
 
  // Throw a more meaningful message if the document is empty.
  if (source.source() != null && source.source().length() == 0) {
  return new MapperParsingException("failed to parse; document is empty");
  }
 
  return new MapperParsingException("failed to parse"; e);
  }

Run the Check-Up to get customized recommendations like this:

error

Heavy merges detected in specific nodes

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Description

A large number of small shards can slow down searches and cause cluster instability. Some indices have shards that are too small…

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Recommendations Based on your specific ES deployment you should…

Based on your specific ES deployment you should…

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X-PUT curl -H [a customized recommendation]

 

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