Watch does not exist – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” watch does not exist ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

Log “watch [{}] does not exist”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

} else {
 try {
 ctx.ensureWatchExists(() -> {
 GetResponse resp = getWatch(watchId);
 if (resp.isExists() == false) {
 throw new ResourceNotFoundException("watch [{}] does not exist"; watchId);
 return parser.parseWithSecrets(watchId; true; resp.getSourceAsBytesRef(); ctx.executionTime(); XContentType.JSON;
 resp.getSeqNo(); resp.getPrimaryTerm());
 } catch (ResourceNotFoundException e) {


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