Span not must have include span query clause – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when an Elasticsearch span_not query is missing the required [include] clause. The span_not query is used to match spans which are not between the start and end of another span, and it requires both [include] and [exclude] clauses. To resolve this issue, you should ensure that your span_not query includes both these clauses. If the [include] clause is missing, simply add it with the appropriate span query. If you’re unsure of the syntax, refer to the Elasticsearch documentation for examples of correctly structured span_not queries.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” span_not must have [include] span query clause ” 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 must have [include] span query clause” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "[span_not] query does not support [" + currentFieldName + "]");
 if (include == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_not must have [include] span query clause");
 if (exclude == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_not must have [exclude] span query clause");
 if (dist != null && (pre != null || post != null)) {


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