Span_or clauses must be of type span query – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Span_or clauses must be of type span query – 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_or clauses must be of type span query ” 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_or [clauses] must be of type span query”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

} else if (token == XContentParser.Token.START_ARRAY) {
  if (CLAUSES_FIELD.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
  while ((token = parser.nextToken()) != XContentParser.Token.END_ARRAY) {
  QueryBuilder query = parseInnerQueryBuilder(parser);
  if (query instanceof SpanQueryBuilder == false) {
  throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_or [clauses] must be of type span query");
  final SpanQueryBuilder clause = (SpanQueryBuilder) query;
  checkNoBoost(NAME; currentFieldName; parser; clause);


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