Unknown shape operation parser text – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters an unrecognized shape operation during a geo_shape query. This could be due to a typo or an unsupported operation. To resolve this issue, you should first verify the operation you’re trying to perform is supported by Elasticsearch. If it is, ensure that it is spelled correctly and that the syntax is correct. If the operation is not supported, you may need to find an alternative way to perform your desired action.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Unknown shape operation [” + parser.text() + ” ] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: parser, query, index.

Log Context

Log “Unknown shape operation [” + parser.text() + ” ]” class name is AbstractGeometryQueryBuilder.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 currentFieldName = parser.currentName();
 token = parser.nextToken();
 if (RELATION_FIELD.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 params.relation = ShapeRelation.getRelationByName(parser.text());
 if (params.relation == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "Unknown shape operation [" + parser.text() + " ]");
 } else if (params.parseXContentField(parser)) {
 } else if (INDEXED_SHAPE_FIELD.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 while ((token = parser.nextToken()) != XContentParser.Token.END_OBJECT) {


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