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Cluster allocation explain

The most basic cluster allocation explain request finds an unassigned shard and explains why it can’t be allocated to a node.

If you add some options, you can instead get information on a specific shard, including why OpenSearch assigned it to its current node.

Example

GET _cluster/allocation/explain?include_yes_decisions=true
{
  "index": "movies",
  "shard": 0,
  "primary": true
}

Path and HTTP methods

GET _cluster/allocation/explain
POST _cluster/allocation/explain

URL parameters

All cluster allocation explain parameters are optional.

Parameter Type Description
include_yes_decisions Boolean OpenSearch makes a series of yes or no decisions when trying to allocate a shard to a node. If this parameter is true, OpenSearch includes the (generally more numerous) “yes” decisions in its response. Default is false.
include_disk_info Boolean Whether to include information about disk usage in the response. Default is false.

Request body

All cluster allocation explain fields are optional.

Field Type Description
current_node String If you only want an explanation if the shard happens to be on a particular node, specify that node name here.
index String The name of the shard’s index.
primary Boolean Whether to provide an explanation for the primary shard (true) or its first replica (false), which share the same shard ID.
shard Integer The shard ID that you want an explanation for.

Response

{
  "index": "movies",
  "shard": 0,
  "primary": true,
  "current_state": "started",
  "current_node": {
    "id": "d8jRZcW1QmCBeVFlgOJx5A",
    "name": "opensearch-node1",
    "transport_address": "172.24.0.4:9300",
    "weight_ranking": 1
  },
  "can_remain_on_current_node": "yes",
  "can_rebalance_cluster": "yes",
  "can_rebalance_to_other_node": "no",
  "rebalance_explanation": "cannot rebalance as no target node exists that can both allocate this shard and improve the cluster balance",
  "node_allocation_decisions": [{
    "node_id": "vRxi4uPcRt2BtHlFoyCyTQ",
    "node_name": "opensearch-node2",
    "transport_address": "172.24.0.3:9300",
    "node_decision": "no",
    "weight_ranking": 1,
    "deciders": [{
        "decider": "max_retry",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "shard has no previous failures"
      },
      {
        "decider": "replica_after_primary_active",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "shard is primary and can be allocated"
      },
      {
        "decider": "enable",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "all allocations are allowed"
      },
      {
        "decider": "node_version",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "can relocate primary shard from a node with version [1.0.0] to a node with equal-or-newer version [1.0.0]"
      },
      {
        "decider": "snapshot_in_progress",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "no snapshots are currently running"
      },
      {
        "decider": "restore_in_progress",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "ignored as shard is not being recovered from a snapshot"
      },
      {
        "decider": "filter",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "node passes include/exclude/require filters"
      },
      {
        "decider": "same_shard",
        "decision": "NO",
        "explanation": "a copy of this shard is already allocated to this node [[movies][0], node[vRxi4uPcRt2BtHlFoyCyTQ], [R], s[STARTED], a[id=x8w7QxWdQQa188HKGn0iMQ]]"
      },
      {
        "decider": "disk_threshold",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "enough disk for shard on node, free: [35.9gb], shard size: [15.1kb], free after allocating shard: [35.9gb]"
      },
      {
        "decider": "throttling",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "below shard recovery limit of outgoing: [0 < 2] incoming: [0 < 2]"
      },
      {
        "decider": "shards_limit",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "total shard limits are disabled: [index: -1, cluster: -1] <= 0"
      },
      {
        "decider": "awareness",
        "decision": "YES",
        "explanation": "allocation awareness is not enabled, set cluster setting [cluster.routing.allocation.awareness.attributes] to enable it"
      }
    ]
  }]
}