Policy not found – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.5-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch cannot find the specified index lifecycle management (ILM) policy. This could be due to the policy not being created, being deleted, or a typo in the policy name. To resolve this issue, you can check if the policy exists using the Get Lifecycle Policy API. If it doesn’t exist, you need to create it using the Put Lifecycle Policy API. If the policy name is incorrect, correct it in your request. Also, ensure that the ILM feature is enabled in your Elasticsearch setup.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” policy [{}] not found ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “policy [{}] not found” class name is EnrichStore.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }  updateClusterState(clusterService; handler; current -> {
 final Map policies = getPolicies(current);
 if (policies.containsKey(name) == false) {
 throw new ResourceNotFoundException("policy [{}] not found"; name);
 }  policies.remove(name);
 return policies;


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