Setting is set but and are not – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Setting is set but and are not – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Updated: July-20

Elasticsearch Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Error Check-Up  which can resolve issues causing many errors 


This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “Setting is set but and are not” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: discovery-ec2, plugins, discovery.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to discover the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations (free tool that requires no installation). 

Log Context

Log”Setting [{}] is set but [{}] and [{}] are not”classname  is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

try (SecureString key = ACCESS_KEY_SETTING.get(settings);
  SecureString secret = SECRET_KEY_SETTING.get(settings);
  SecureString sessionToken = SESSION_TOKEN_SETTING.get(settings)) {
  if (key.length() == 0 && secret.length() == 0) {
  if (sessionToken.length() > 0) {
  throw new SettingsException("Setting [{}] is set but [{}] and [{}] are not";
  logger.debug("Using either environment variables; system properties or instance profile credentials");
  return null;


Related issues to this log

We have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github, that can help fix related issues please review the following for further information :

1 How to get elasticsearch to return more than 10000 results at a time? ES appears to not be honoring the index.max_result_window setting -views 1,145 ,score 1

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