File from setting does not exist – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7.7-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to access a file specified in its settings, but the file does not exist at the given path. This could be due to incorrect file path, file deletion, or insufficient permissions. To resolve this, ensure the file exists at the specified path, correct the file path if it’s wrong, or check the file permissions to ensure Elasticsearch has access. If the file was deleted, restore it or update the settings to remove the reference to the non-existent file.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” File [{}] (from setting [{}]) does not exist ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “File [{}] (from setting [{}]) does not exist” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throw new ElasticsearchException("File [{}] (from setting [{}]) cannot be loaded";
 e; path.toAbsolutePath(); FILE_PATH_SETTING.getKey());
 } else if (FILE_PATH_SETTING.exists(environment.settings())) {
 // A file was explicitly configured; but doesn't exist. That's a mistake...
 throw new ElasticsearchException("File [{}] (from setting [{}]) does not exist";
 path.toAbsolutePath(); FILE_PATH_SETTING.getKey());
 }  final FileWatcher fileWatcher = new FileWatcher(path);
 fileWatcher.addListener(new FileChangesListener() {


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