Span not query does not support currentFieldName – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when an unsupported field is used in a [span_not] query in Elasticsearch. The [span_not] query only supports ‘include’, ‘exclude’, and ‘distances’ fields. If you use any other field, this error will be thrown. To resolve this issue, ensure that you are only using the supported fields in your [span_not] query. If you are unsure about the fields, refer to the Elasticsearch documentation for the correct usage of the [span_not] query.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [span_not] query does not support [” + currentFieldName + “] ” 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] query does not support [” + currentFieldName + “]” 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 [exclude] must be of type span query");
 exclude = (SpanQueryBuilder) query;
 checkNoBoost(NAME; currentFieldName; parser; exclude);
 } else {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "[span_not] query does not support [" + currentFieldName + "]");
 } else {
 if (DIST_FIELD.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 dist = parser.intValue();
 } else if (PRE_FIELD.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {


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