Must have query span query clause – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7.15-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when an Elasticsearch span query is missing the required [query] clause. Span queries are used for complex text searches, and the [query] clause is essential for defining the search parameters. To resolve this issue, you should review your span query and ensure that it includes a [query] clause with the appropriate search parameters. If you’re using a programming language to generate your queries, ensure that your code correctly constructs the span query with all necessary components.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” must have [query] span query clause ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: query, index.

Log Context

Log “must have [query] span query clause” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (inner == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); NAME.getPreferredName() + " must have [query] span query clause");
 if (field == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); NAME.getPreferredName() + " must have [field] set for it");
 FieldMaskingSpanQueryBuilder queryBuilder = new FieldMaskingSpanQueryBuilder(inner; field);


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