Span_near must include clauses – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Span_near must include clauses – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, 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 that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” span_near must include clauses ” 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 and index.

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 pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log”span_near must include [clauses]”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "[span_near] query does not support [" + currentFieldName + "]");
  if (clauses.isEmpty()) {
  throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_near must include [clauses]");
  SpanNearQueryBuilder queryBuilder = new SpanNearQueryBuilder(clauses.get(0); slop);
  for (int i = 1; i 


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