Failed to parse field ‘query’ for indices – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to parse field ‘query’ for indices ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: indices and plugin.

Log Context

Log “failed to parse field ‘query’ for indices [“classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 evaluateAndVerifyRoleQuery(query.utf8ToString(); xContentRegistry);
 } catch (ParsingException | IllegalArgumentException | IOException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse field 'query' for indices [" +
 Strings.arrayToCommaDelimitedString(indicesPrivileges[i].getIndices()) +
 "] at index privilege [" + i + "] of role descriptor"; e);


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