Span not can either use dist or pre post or none – How to solve this OpenSearch exception

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Aug-23, Version: 1-2.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when there’s an incorrect configuration in the span query of OpenSearch. The span query is used for matching spans near each other, and it requires specific parameters like ‘dist’, ‘pre’, ‘post’, or ‘none’. If these parameters are not correctly set or missing, this error will occur. To resolve this issue, you should review your span query configuration and ensure that it includes one of the required parameters (‘dist’, ‘pre’, ‘post’, or ‘none’) and that they are correctly set.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” span_not can either use [dist] or [pre] & [post] (or none) ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: index, query.

Log Context

Log “span_not can either use [dist] or [pre] & [post] (or none)” class name is We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (exclude == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_not must have [exclude] span query clause");
 if (dist != null && (pre != null || post != null)) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_not can either use [dist] or [pre] & [post] (or none)");
 }  SpanNotQueryBuilder spanNotQuery = new SpanNotQueryBuilder(include; exclude);
 if (dist != null) {


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