Publication failed – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7-8.7

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to publish a cluster state update due to issues like network problems, node failures, or configuration issues. To resolve this, you can check the network connectivity between nodes, ensure all nodes are running compatible Elasticsearch versions, and verify the cluster settings. If a specific node is consistently failing, consider restarting or replacing it. Also, check your Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error information.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” publication failed ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: cluster.

Log Context

Log “publication failed” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 public void onFailure(Exception e) {
 assert Thread.holdsLock(mutex) : "Coordinator mutex not held";
 cancelTimeoutHandlers();  final FailedToCommitClusterStateException exception = new FailedToCommitClusterStateException("publication failed"; e);
 ackListener.onNodeAck(getLocalNode(); exception); // other nodes have acked; but not the master.
 }; EsExecutors.DIRECT_EXECUTOR_SERVICE; transportService.getThreadPool().getThreadContext());


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