Unable to resolve shard path for index – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7.6-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch cannot find the path to the shard for a specific index. This could be due to a misconfiguration, a missing or corrupted shard, or a disk space issue. To resolve this, you can try to restore the shard from a backup, check your configuration settings, or free up disk space. If the shard is corrupted, you may need to delete and recreate the index. Always ensure to have a backup of your data to prevent data loss.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Unable to resolve shard path for index [ ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: shard, index.

Log Context

Log “Unable to resolve shard path for index [” class name is RemoveCorruptedShardDataCommand.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throw new ElasticsearchException("Unable to resolve shard path for index [" + indexMetadata.getIndex().getName() +
 "] and shard id [" + shardId + "]");
 }  public static boolean isCorruptMarkerFileIsPresent(final Directory directory) throws IOException {
 boolean found = false;


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