Just installed ElasticSearch 7.10 in a virtual machine this morning, and I noticed that when rebooting every time, ElasticSearch service was failed due to timeout.

Error Message



Full log:

Warning: The unit file, source configuration file or drop-ins of elasticsearch.service changed on disk. Run 'systemctl daemon-reload' to reload units.
● elasticsearch.service - Elasticsearch
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/elasticsearch.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: failed (Result: timeout) since Tue 2020-12-08 09:18:55 CST; 24min ago
     Docs: https://www.elastic.co
  Process: 889 ExecStart=/usr/share/elasticsearch/bin/systemd-entrypoint -p ${PID_DIR}/elasticsearch.pid --quiet (code=killed, signal=TERM)
 Main PID: 889 (code=killed, signal=TERM)
    Tasks: 0 (limit: 3570)
   CGroup: /system.slice/elasticsearch.service

Dec 08 09:17:40 terrylin systemd[1]: Starting Elasticsearch...
Dec 08 09:18:55 terrylin systemd[1]: elasticsearch.service: Start operation timed out. Terminating.
Dec 08 09:18:55 terrylin systemd[1]: elasticsearch.service: Failed with result 'timeout'.
Dec 08 09:18:55 terrylin systemd[1]: Failed to start Elasticsearch.


Modify ElasticSearch configuation

Edit the configuation file of the ElasticSearch service.

$ vi /usr/lib/systemd/system/elasticsearch.service

TimeoutStartSec configures the time to wait for start-up. The default is 90 seconds, increase this value to a proper value, in my case, I set it to 500.


Save the file and then reload systemd manager configuration.

Reload systemctl

$ systemctl daemon-reload

Check the timeout value for start-up.

$ systemctl show elasticsearch | grep ^Timeout
TimeoutStartUSec=8min 20s


Now, problem is solved.

Last modified: February 11, 2021



Why I only have TimeoutStopSec? I use ES version 7.3..freshly installed.. When I add TimeoutStartSec and reload daemon, the changes doesn’t applied.. Is it because the main systemd service overrides or something?

Thank you very much it worked for me. 🙂

OK but why does it take so long to start, can’t something be done about that?

Eric Brown 

Thank you so much. I was fighting this all weekend trying to get ES going on a Raspberry Pi.

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