Missing location – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to find a specified location. This could be due to a missing or incorrect path in the configuration file, or a missing index or document in the Elasticsearch cluster. To resolve this issue, you can check the Elasticsearch configuration file for any incorrect paths and correct them. Alternatively, you can verify if the index or document exists in the Elasticsearch cluster. If it doesn’t, you may need to create it. Lastly, ensure that the Elasticsearch service has the necessary permissions to access the specified location.

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

Log Context

Log “missing location” class name is FsRepository.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (location.isEmpty()) {
 "the repository location is missing; it should point to a shared file system location"
 + " that is available on all master and data nodes"
 throw new RepositoryException(metadata.name(); "missing location");
 Path locationFile = environment.resolveRepoFile(location);
 if (locationFile == null) {
 if (environment.repoFiles().length > 0) {


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