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

Opster Team

March-22, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which analyzes 2 JSON files to detect many configuration errors.

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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”classname  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)


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