Position increment gap must be positive got v – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7.11-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when the “position_increment_gap” parameter in Elasticsearch is set to a negative value. This parameter is used to control the distance between values in arrays, and it must be a positive number. To resolve this issue, you should check your Elasticsearch settings and ensure that the “position_increment_gap” parameter is set to a positive value. If you’re using a script or application to set this parameter, ensure that it’s not generating negative values.

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

Log Context

Log “[position_increment_gap] must be positive; got [” + v + “]” class name is TextParams.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 ).addValidator(v -> {
 if (v < 0) {
 throw new MapperParsingException("[position_increment_gap] must be positive; got [" + v + "]");
 this.indexAnalyzers = indexAnalyzers;


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