Operation ” + actionName + ” failed – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Operation ” + actionName + ” failed – 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 Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” operation ” + actionName + ” failed ” 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: broadcast and node.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log”operation ” + actionName + ” failed”classname  is TransportBroadcastByNodeAction.java We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

if (logger.isTraceEnabled()) {
  logger.trace("[{}] completed operation for shard [{}]"; actionName; shardRouting.shortSummary());
  } catch (Exception e) {
  BroadcastShardOperationFailedException failure =
  new BroadcastShardOperationFailedException(shardRouting.shardId(); "operation " + actionName + " failed"; e);
  shardResults[shardIndex] = failure;
  if (TransportActions.isShardNotAvailableException(e)) {
  if (logger.isTraceEnabled()) {
  logger.trace(new ParameterizedMessage(


Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

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