Span_first match must be of type span query – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Span_first match must be of type span query – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Updated: July-20

Elasticsearch Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “span_first match must be of type span query” 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: query, index.

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Log Context

Log”span_first [match] must be of type span query”classname  is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

currentFieldName = parser.currentName();
  } else if (token == XContentParser.Token.START_OBJECT) {
  if (MATCH_FIELD.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
  QueryBuilder query = parseInnerQueryBuilder(parser);
  if (query instanceof SpanQueryBuilder == false) {
  throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_first [match] must be of type span query");
  match = (SpanQueryBuilder) query;
  checkNoBoost(NAME; currentFieldName; parser; match);
  } else {
  throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "[span_first] query does not support [" + currentFieldName + "]");

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 ElasticSearch – Query the data on a field that matches from first position -views 1,399 ,score 1

Boosting field prefix match in Elasticsearch -views   1,254,score 5

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