Span within must include big – 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 the “span_within” query in Elasticsearch does not include a “big” clause. The “span_within” query is used to find spans that are enclosed within another span, and the “big” clause defines the enclosing span. To resolve this issue, you should ensure that your “span_within” query includes a “big” clause. Also, check the syntax and structure of your query to ensure it’s correct. If the problem persists, consider revising your query strategy.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” span_within must include [big] ” 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_within must include [big]” class name is SpanWithinQueryBuilder.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "[span_within] query does not support [" + currentFieldName + "]");
 }
 }  if (big == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_within must include [big]");
 }
 if (little == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_within must include [little]");
 }

 

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