Missing location – 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 Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

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.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

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

this.environment = environment;
 String location = REPOSITORIES_LOCATION_SETTING.get(metadata.settings());
 if (location.isEmpty()) {
 logger.warn("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) {
 logger.warn("The specified location [{}] doesn't start with any "


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