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

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August-23, Version: 7.1-7.1

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Briefly, this error occurs when the “positions_increment_gap” parameter in Elasticsearch is set to a negative value or zero. This parameter is used to set the gap between index terms when dealing with array fields. To resolve this issue, ensure that the “positions_increment_gap” is set to a positive integer. This can be done by updating the mapping of the index or during the creation of a new index. Always remember to validate your settings before applying them to avoid such errors.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [positions_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: plugins, index.

Log Context

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

final Parameter positionIncrementGap = Parameter.intParam("position_increment_gap"; false;
 m -> builder(m).positionIncrementGap.getValue(); POSITION_INCREMENT_GAP_USE_ANALYZER)
 .setValidator(v -> {
 throw new MapperParsingException("[positions_increment_gap] must be positive; got [" + v + "]");
 });  private final Parameter boost = Parameter.boostParam();
 private final Parameter> meta = Parameter.metaParam();


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