Slice can only be used with scroll or point-in-time requests – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

March-22, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” slice can only be used with scroll or point-in-time requests ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: search.

Log Context

Log “[slice] can only be used with [scroll] or [point-in-time] requests”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (source.slice() != null) {
 if (source.pointInTimeBuilder() == null && context.scrollContext() == null) {
 throw new SearchException(shardTarget; "[slice] can only be used with [scroll] or [point-in-time] requests");
 if (source.storedFields() != null) {


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