Points_only cannot be set to false for term strategy – 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 ” points_only cannot be set to false for term strategy ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index.

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 “points_only cannot be set to false for term strategy”classname  is LegacyGeoShapeFieldMapper.java We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

this.precision = precision;
 public void setPointsOnly(boolean pointsOnly) {
 if (this.strategy == SpatialStrategy.TERM && pointsOnly == false) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("points_only cannot be set to false for term strategy");
 this.pointsOnly = pointsOnly;
 public void setDistanceErrorPct(double distanceErrorPct) {


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