Span not can either use dist or pre post or none – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when the span_not query in Elasticsearch is incorrectly configured. The span_not query requires either a ‘dist’ parameter or both ‘pre’ and ‘post’ parameters. If none or all three are provided, this error will occur. To resolve this issue, you should adjust your query to include either ‘dist’ or both ‘pre’ and ‘post’. Ensure that the parameters are correctly set according to your search requirements.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” span_not can either use [dist] or [pre] & [post] (or none) ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: query, index.

Log Context

Log “span_not can either use [dist] or [pre] & [post] (or none)” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (exclude == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_not must have [exclude] span query clause");
 if (dist != null && (pre != null || post != null)) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_not can either use [dist] or [pre] & [post] (or none)");
 }  SpanNotQueryBuilder spanNotQuery = new SpanNotQueryBuilder(include; exclude);
 if (dist != null) {