Unable to parse watch record – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to parse a watch record due to incorrect syntax or format. This could be due to a malformed JSON, incorrect field names, or incompatible data types. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Check the syntax of your watch record for any errors. 2) Verify that the field names and data types in your watch record match those in your Elasticsearch index. 3) Use a JSON validator to ensure your watch record is correctly formatted. 4) Check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error messages.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” unable to parse watch record ” 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 parse watch record” class name is TriggeredWatch.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 try (
 XContentParser parser = XContentHelper.createParser(NamedXContentRegistry.EMPTY; LoggingDeprecationHandler.INSTANCE; source)
 ) {
 return parse(id; version; parser);
 } catch (IOException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("unable to parse watch record"; e);
 }  public TriggeredWatch parse(String id; long version; XContentParser parser) throws IOException {
 assert id != null : "watch record id is missing";


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