Policy policy for index – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-7.11

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Briefly, this error occurs when an index lifecycle management (ILM) policy is not found for a specific index in Elasticsearch. The policy might have been deleted or not properly set. To resolve this issue, you can either create a new ILM policy with the same name or assign a different existing policy to the index. Alternatively, you can disable ILM for the index if it’s not required. Always ensure to check the policy’s existence before assigning it to an index.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” policy [” + policy + “] for index [ ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index, plugin.

Log Context

Log “policy [” + policy + “] for index [” class name is MoveToErrorStepUpdateTask.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }  @Override
 public void onFailure(String source; Exception e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("policy [" + policy + "] for index [" + index.getName()
 + "] failed trying to move from step [" + currentStepKey + "] to the ERROR step."; e);


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