Watch reporting Aborting due to maximum number of retries hit – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when a watch in Elasticsearch’s alerting feature, Watcher, has reached its maximum retry limit. This could be due to a variety of issues such as network problems, heavy load, or misconfiguration. To resolve this, you can increase the maximum retry limit, ensure the cluster is not overloaded, check network connectivity, or review the watch configuration for any errors. Additionally, check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error messages that can help identify the root cause.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Watch[{}] reporting[{}]: Aborting due to maximum number of retries hit [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “Watch[{}] reporting[{}]: Aborting due to maximum number of retries hit [{}]” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 request.port(); request.method(); request.path(); response.status(); body);
 throw new IllegalStateException(message);
 }  throw new ElasticsearchException("Watch[{}] reporting[{}]: Aborting due to maximum number of retries hit [{}]";;; maxRetries);
 }  private void sleep(long sleepMillis; WatchExecutionContext context; ReportingAttachment attachment) {
 try {


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