Unit not supported for date math – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, 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. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: Node.

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


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