Mapping updates are not allowed ” + operation + ” – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Mapping updates are not allowed ” + operation + ” – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Updated: July-20

Elasticsearch Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “mapping updates are not allowed ” + operation + “” 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: recovery, indices, mapping.

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Log Context

Log”mapping updates are not allowed [” + operation + “]”classname  is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

  for (Translog.Operation operation : operations) {
  Engine.Result result = indexShard().applyTranslogOperation(operation; Engine.Operation.Origin.PEER_RECOVERY);
  if (result.getResultType() == Engine.Result.Type.MAPPING_UPDATE_REQUIRED) {
  throw new MapperException("mapping updates are not allowed [" + operation + "]");
  if (result.getFailure() != null) {
  if (Assertions.ENABLED && result.getFailure() instanceof MapperException == false) {
  throw new AssertionError("unexpected failure while replicating translog entry"; result.getFailure());

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