Unit not supported for date math – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Unit not supported for date math – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Updated: July-20

Elasticsearch Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “unit not supported for date math” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: .

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Log Context

Log”unit [{}] not supported for date math [{}]”classname  is JodaDateMathParser.java
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

} else {
  dateTime.addSeconds(sign * num);
  throw new ElasticsearchParseException("unit [{}] not supported for date math [{}]"; unit; mathString);
  if (propertyToRound != null) {
  if (roundUp) {
  // we want to go up to the next whole value; even if we are already on a rounded value

Related issues to this log

We have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github, that can help fix related issues please review the following for further information :

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