Span_not can either use dist or pre & post (or none) – 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 Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

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 and index.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

Log “span_not can either use [dist] or [pre] & [post] (or none)”classname  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) {


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