Failed to retry recovery – 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 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 retry recovery ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: recovery and indices.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

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

cancelRecovery(newRecoveryTarget.recoveryId(); "recovery cancelled during reset");
 return null;
 } catch (Exception e) {
 // fail shard to be safe
 oldRecoveryTarget.notifyListener(new RecoveryFailedException(oldRecoveryTarget.state(); "failed to retry recovery"; e); true);
 return null;
 public RecoveryTarget getRecoveryTarget(long id) {


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