Breaking changes in 5.4edit

Delete By Query API changesedit

Requests without an explicit query are deprecated and will be invalid in Elasticsearch 6.0.0.

Default settings are no longer supportededit

Previous versions of Elasticsearch allowed a user to set a default setting for any setting. The default setting was only applied if the actual setting was not already set. This feature was trappy, and the complexity that it introduced was prone to bugs. Due to this, we have elected to make a breaking change in a minor release to remove this feature with the exception of default.path.conf,, and default.path.logs which remain to support packaging. A future version of Elasticsearch will remove support for these as well, so users should stop relying on this functionality.

Checking if indices existedit

The endpoint /{index} with the verb HEAD can be used to check if an index matching index exists (index can be a comma-delimited list of index names or index patterns). This verb behaved differently than GET on the same endpoint in two ways. The first is that sending the same request to GET and HEAD could in some cases return different status codes (e.g., GET /pattern-that-has-no-matches* would 200 with an empty response and HEAD /pattern-that-has-no-matches* would 404 with an empty body (and a content-length header of zero). The second is that any HEAD request on this endpoint would return a content-length header of zero. Both of these are violations of the HTTP specification: if HEAD is supported, a HEAD request must return the same status as the same GET request would, and it must return a content-length header that is equal to the content-length header as the same GET request would. This behavior has been addressed so that HEAD always returns the same status code as a GET would have, and with the correct content-length. However, this means that HEAD /pattern-that-has-no-matches* which served as an index existence check no longer 404s, instead 200s as if it was a GET request. To obtain the previous behavior, you must add the parameter ?allow_no_indices=false (this parameter defaults to true).