The path property must be specified for field name – 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 a field in Elasticsearch is missing the required [path] property. This property is essential for nested fields and objects to specify the path to the field. To resolve this issue, you can either add the [path] property to the field in question or remove the field if it’s not necessary. Alternatively, you can modify your query to avoid using the field that’s causing the error.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” The [path] property must be specified for field [” + name + “]. ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index.

Log Context

Log “The [path] property must be specified for field [” + name + “].” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throws MapperParsingException {
 FieldAliasMapper.Builder builder = new FieldAliasMapper.Builder(name);
 Object pathField = node.remove(Names.PATH);
 String path = XContentMapValues.nodeStringValue(pathField; null);
 if (path == null) {
 throw new MapperParsingException("The [path] property must be specified for field [" + name + "].");
 return builder.path(path);
 }  @Override


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