Thread interrupted while trying to obtain shard lock – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” thread interrupted while trying to obtain shard lock ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: shard and thread.

Log Context

Log “thread interrupted while trying to obtain shard lock”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

"obtaining shard lock timed out after " + timeoutInMillis + "ms; previous lock details: [" + lockDetails +
 "] trying to lock for [" + details + "]");
 } catch (InterruptedException e) {
 throw new ShardLockObtainFailedException(shardId; "thread interrupted while trying to obtain shard lock"; e);
 public boolean hasNodeFile() {


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