Unknown parameter in Include/Exclude clause: – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

March-22, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Unknown parameter in Include/Exclude clause: ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: search, aggregations.

Log Context

Log “Unknown parameter in Include/Exclude clause:”classname  is IncludeExclude.java We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

} else if (NUM_PARTITIONS_FIELD.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 numPartitions = parser.intValue();
 } else if (PARTITION_FIELD.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 partition = parser.intValue();
 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("Unknown parameter in Include/Exclude clause: " + currentFieldName);
 if (partition == null) {
 throw new IllegalArgumentException(
 "Missing [" + PARTITION_FIELD.getPreferredName() + "] parameter for partition-based include"


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