Incoming term – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when there is a mismatch between the term that Elasticsearch is expecting and the term that it is receiving. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as incorrect data type, incorrect field name, or a bug in the code. To resolve this issue, you can check the data type of the incoming term and ensure it matches with the expected data type. Also, verify the field name in the query. If the error persists, debug the code to identify any potential bugs.

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

Log Context

Log “incoming term” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 public Join handleStartJoin(StartJoinRequest startJoinRequest) {
 if (startJoinRequest.getTerm() <= getCurrentTerm()) {
 logger.debug("handleStartJoin: ignoring [{}] as term provided is not greater than current term [{}]";
 startJoinRequest; getCurrentTerm());
 throw new CoordinationStateRejectedException("incoming term " + startJoinRequest.getTerm() +
 " not greater than current term " + getCurrentTerm());
 }  logger.debug("handleStartJoin: leaving term [{}] due to {}"; getCurrentTerm(); startJoinRequest);


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