Unknown day of week number – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Unknown day of week number – 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 “unknown day of week number” 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: plugin.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to discover the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations (free tool that requires no installation). 

Log Context

Log”unknown day of week number [{}]”classname  is DayOfWeek.java
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

case 4: return WEDNESDAY;
  case 5: return THURSDAY;
  case 6: return FRIDAY;
  case 7: return SATURDAY;
  throw new ElasticsearchParseException("unknown day of week number [{}]"; day);
  public static DayOfWeek resolve(String day) {
  switch (day.toLowerCase(Locale.ROOT)) {

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