Failed to parse repositories – 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 repositories ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: repositories, metadata and cluster.

Log Context

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

if (type == null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse repository [{}]; missing repository type"; name);
 repository.add(new RepositoryMetadata(name; type; settings; generation; pendingGeneration));
 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse repositories");
 return new RepositoriesMetadata(repository);


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