Unable to perform requested action – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.7-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to execute a requested action due to various reasons such as insufficient permissions, incorrect syntax, or system resource limitations. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Check and correct the syntax of your request. 2) Ensure that the user has the necessary permissions to perform the action. 3) Check the system resources and increase them if necessary. 4) Review the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error information.

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

 e.addHeader("error_description"; detail);
 return e;
 }  private static ElasticsearchSecurityException unableToPerformAction(@Nullable Throwable cause) {
 return new ElasticsearchSecurityException("unable to perform requested action"; RestStatus.SERVICE_UNAVAILABLE; cause);
 }  /**
 * Logs an exception concerning a specific Token at TRACE level (if enabled)