No shard state meta data at – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

March-22, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” No shard state meta data at ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: shard, index.

Log Context

Log “No shard state meta data at”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (shardStateMetadata == null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("No shard state meta data at " + shardStatePath);
 final AllocationId newAllocationId = AllocationId.newInitializing(); 
 terminal.println("Changing allocation id " + shardStateMetadata.allocationId.getId() + " to " + newAllocationId.getId());


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