Unable to compute field permissions – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

March-22, Version: 1.7-8.0

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

Log Context

Log “unable to compute field permissions”classname  is FieldPermissionsCache.java We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

return cache.computeIfAbsent(
 (key) -> new FieldPermissions(key; FieldPermissions.initializePermittedFieldsAutomaton(key))
 } catch (ExecutionException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("unable to compute field permissions"; e);
 * Returns a field permissions object that corresponds to the merging of the given field permissions and caches the instance if one was


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