Failed to retrieve configuration – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to retrieve the configuration for an index or cluster. This can happen when the configuration files are missing, the permissions are incorrect, or the configuration files are corrupted. To resolve the issue, ensure that the configuration files exist, the permissions are correctly set, and the files are not corrupted.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Failed to retrieve configuration ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “Failed to retrieve configuration”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }; transformError -> {
 logger.warn("Failed to retrieve configuration for transform [" + transformId + "]"; transformError);
 listener.onFailure(new CheckpointException("Failed to retrieve configuration"; transformError));


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