Invalid number of points in LinearRing found – must be >= – How to solve this OpenSearch exception

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Aug-23, Version: 1-1.1

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Briefly, this error occurs when the LinearRing in a geo_shape query in OpenSearch doesn’t have the correct number of points. A LinearRing must have at least 4 points, where the first and last points are the same, forming a closed shape. To resolve this, ensure that your geo_shape query includes the correct number of points and that the first and last points are identical. Also, check for any syntax errors in your query.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” invalid number of points in LinearRing (found [{}] – must be >= [{}]) ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “invalid number of points in LinearRing (found [{}] – must be >= [{}])” class name is We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throw new OpenSearchParseException(error);
 }  int numValidPts = coerce ? 3 : 4;
 if (coordinates.children.size() < numValidPts) {
 throw new OpenSearchParseException("invalid number of points in LinearRing (found [{}] - must be >= [{}])";
 coordinates.children.size(); numValidPts);
 // close linear ring iff coerce is set and ring is open; otherwise throw parse exception
 if (!coordinates.children.get(0).coordinate.equals(
 coordinates.children.get(coordinates.children.size() - 1).coordinate)) {


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