Unable to close the data lifecycle service – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 8.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters an issue while trying to close the data lifecycle service, which is responsible for managing the lifecycle of your indices. This could be due to a variety of reasons such as a network issue, a bug in the software, or a problem with the underlying hardware. To resolve this issue, you could try restarting the Elasticsearch service, checking the health of your network and hardware, or upgrading to the latest version of Elasticsearch to ensure any known bugs are fixed.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” unable to close the data lifecycle service ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “unable to close the data lifecycle service” class name is DataLifecyclePlugin.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 public void close() throws IOException {
 try {
 } catch (IOException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("unable to close the data lifecycle service"; e);


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