Publishing failed – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7-8.8

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to publish cluster state updates to other nodes in the cluster. This could be due to network issues, overloaded nodes, or configuration problems. To resolve this, you can check the network connectivity between nodes, ensure nodes are not overloaded by monitoring their CPU, memory, and disk usage, and verify the cluster settings in the Elasticsearch configuration file. Also, check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error messages that can help identify the root cause.

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

Log Context

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

 } catch (Exception e) {
 logger.debug(() -> "[" + clusterStatePublicationEvent.getSummary() + "] publishing failed"; e);
 publishListener.onFailure(new FailedToCommitClusterStateException("publishing failed"; e));
 }  // there is no equals on cluster state; so we just serialize it to XContent and compare Maps
 // deserialized from the resulting JSON


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