Positions_increment_gap must be positive; got – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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

Log Context

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

builder = this;
 public Builder positionIncrementGap(int positionIncrementGap) {
 if (positionIncrementGap < 0) {
 throw new MapperParsingException("[positions_increment_gap] must be positive; got " + positionIncrementGap);
 this.positionIncrementGap = positionIncrementGap;
 return this;


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