Lifecycle policy updates

You can change how the lifecycle of an index or collection of rolling indices is managed by modifying the current policy or switching to a different policy.

To ensure that policy updates don’t put an index into a state where it can’t exit the current phase, the phase definition is cached in the index metadata when it enters the phase. This cached definition is used to complete the phase.

When the index advances to the next phase, it uses the phase definition from the updated policy.

How changes are applied

When a policy is initially applied to an index, the index gets the latest version of the policy. If you update the policy, the policy version is bumped and ILM can detect that the index is using an earlier version that needs to be updated.

Changes to min_age are not propagated to the cached definition. Changing a phase’s min_age does not affect indices that are currently executing that phase.

For example, if you create a policy that has a hot phase that does not specify a min_age, indices immediately enter the hot phase when the policy is applied. If you then update the policy to specify a min_age of 1 day for the hot phase, that has no effect on indices that are already in the hot phase. Indices created after the policy update won’t enter the hot phase until they are a day old.

How new policies are applied

When you apply a different policy to a managed index, the index completes the current phase using the cached definition from the previous policy. The index starts using the new policy when it moves to the next phase.