: incorrect format; expecting – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

: incorrect format; expecting – 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 Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” : incorrect format; expecting ” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log”: incorrect format; expecting {}”classname  is Intervals.java We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

if (startToken >= string.length()) {
  // consumed the string; bail out
  if (token.optional) {
  throw new ParsingException(source; invalidIntervalMessage(string) + ": incorrect format; expecting {}";
  Strings.collectionToDelimitedString(tokens; ""));
  // char token
  if (token.ch != 0) {


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