Unable to start filebeat service

Hi Team,

I am facing an issue while starting filebeat service, getting below error.

Would you please help me on this?

Please find below details for your help.

Apr 24 08:45:55 elku systemd[1]: filebeat.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Apr 24 08:45:55 elku systemd[1]: filebeat.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Apr 24 08:45:55 elku systemd[1]: filebeat.service: Service hold-off time over, scheduling restart.
Apr 24 08:45:55 elku systemd[1]: filebeat.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 5.
Apr 24 08:45:55 elku systemd[1]: Stopped Filebeat sends log files to Logstash or directly to Elasticsearch..
Apr 24 08:45:55 elku systemd[1]: filebeat.service: Start request repeated too quickly.
Apr 24 08:45:55 elku systemd[1]: filebeat.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Apr 24 08:45:55 elku systemd[1]: Failed to start Filebeat sends log files to Logstash or directly to Elasticsearc
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Filebeat.yml:

###################### Filebeat Configuration Example #########################
# This file is an example configuration file highlighting only the most common
# options. The filebeat.reference.yml file from the same directory contains all the
# supported options with more comments. You can use it as a reference.
#
# You can find the full configuration reference here:
# https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/beats/filebeat/index.html
# For more available modules and options, please see the filebeat.reference.yml sample
# configuration file.
# ============================== Filebeat inputs ===============================
filebeat.inputs:
# Each - is an input. Most options can be set at the input level, so
# you can use different inputs for various configurations.
# Below are the input specific configurations.
# filestream is an input for collecting log messages from files.
- type: filestream
  # Change to true to enable this input configuration.
  enabled: false
  # Paths that should be crawled and fetched. Glob based paths.
  paths: - /var/log/*.log
    #- c:\programdata\elasticsearch\logs\*
  # Exclude lines. A list of regular expressions to match. It drops the lines that are
  # matching any regular expression from the list.

  #exclude_lines: ['^DBG']
  # Include lines. A list of regular expressions to match. It exports the lines that are
  # matching any regular expression from the list.
  #include_lines: ['^ERR', '^WARN']
  # Exclude files. A list of regular expressions to match. Filebeat drops the files that
  # are matching any regular expression from the list. By default, no files are dropped.
  #prospector.scanner.exclude_files: ['.gz$']
  # Optional additional fields. These fields can be freely picked
  # to add additional information to the crawled log files for filtering
  #fields:
  #  level: debug
  #  review: 1

# ============================== Filebeat modules ==============================                             

filebeat.config.modules:
  # Glob pattern for configuration loading
  path: ${path.config}/modules.d/*.yml
  # Set to true to enable config reloading
  reload.enabled: false
  # Period on which files under path should be checked for changes
  #reload.period: 10s
# ======================= Elasticsearch template setting =======================


setup.template.settings:
  index.number_of_shards: 1
  #index.codec: best_compression
  #_source.enabled: false
# ================================== General ===================================


# The name of the shipper that publishes the network data. It can be used to group
# all the transactions sent by a single shipper in the web interface.
#name:
# The tags of the shipper are included in their own field with each
# transaction published.
#tags: ["service-X", "web-tier"]
# Optional fields that you can specify to add additional information to the
# output.
#fields:
#  env: staging


# ================================= Dashboards =================================
# These settings control loading the sample dashboards to the Kibana index. Loading
# the dashboards is disabled by default and can be enabled either by setting the
# options here or by using the `setup` command.
#setup.dashboards.enabled: false
# The URL from where to download the dashboards archive. By default this URL
# has a value which is computed based on the Beat name and version. For released
# versions, this URL points to the dashboard archive on the artifacts.elastic.co
# website.
#setup.dashboards.url:

# =================================== Kibana ===================================
# Starting with Beats version 6.0.0, the dashboards are loaded via the Kibana API.
# This requires a Kibana endpoint configuration.
setup.kibana:

  # Kibana Host
  # Scheme and port can be left out and will be set to the default (http and 5601)
  # In case you specify and additional path, the scheme is required: http://localhost:5601/path
  # IPv6 addresses should always be defined as: https://[2001:db8::1]:5601
  #host: "localhost:5601"
  # Kibana Space ID
  # ID of the Kibana Space into which the dashboards should be loaded. By default,
  # the Default Space will be used.
 #space.id:



# =============================== Elastic Cloud ================================
# These settings simplify using Filebeat with the Elastic Cloud (https://cloud.elastic.co/).
# The cloud.id setting overwrites the `output.elasticsearch.hosts` and
# `setup.kibana.host` options.
# You can find the `cloud.id` in the Elastic Cloud web UI.
#cloud.id:
# The cloud.auth setting overwrites the `output.elasticsearch.username` and
# `output.elasticsearch.password` settings. The format is `<user>:<pass>`.
#cloud.auth:
# ================================== Outputs ===================================

# Configure what output to use when sending the data collected by the beat.

# ---------------------------- Elasticsearch Output ----------------------------

# Configure what output to use when sending the data collected by the beat.
# ---------------------------- Elasticsearch Output ----------------------------
#output.elasticsearch:
  # Array of hosts to connect to.
  hosts: ["localhost:9200"]
  # Protocol - either `http` (default) or `https`.
  #protocol: "https"
  # Authentication credentials - either API key or username/password.
  #api_key: "id:api_key"
  #username: "elastic"
  #password: "changeme"

# ------------------------------ Logstash Output -------------------------------

output.logstash:
  # The Logstash hosts
  #hosts: ["localhost:5044"]
  # Optional SSL. By default is off.
  # List of root certificates for HTTPS server verifications
  #ssl.certificate_authorities: ["/etc/pki/root/ca.pem"]
  # Certificate for SSL client authentication
  #ssl.certificate: "/etc/pki/client/cert.pem"
  # Client Certificate Key
  #ssl.key: "/etc/pki/client/cert.key"


# ================================= Processors =================================
processors:
  - add_host_metadata:
      when.not.contains.tags: forwarded
  - add_cloud_metadata: ~
  - add_docker_metadata: ~
  - add_kubernetes_metadata: ~

# ================================== Logging ===================================



# Set

s log level. The default log level is info.

Available log levels are: error, warning, info, debug

#logging.level: debug

At debug level, you can selectively enable logging only for some components.

To enable all selectors use ["*"]. Examples of other selectors are "beat",

"publisher", "service".

#logging.selectors: ["*"]

============================= X-Pack Monitoring ==============================

Filebeat can export internal metrics to a central Elasticsearch monitoring

cluster. This requires xpack monitoring to be enabled in Elasticsearch. The

reporting is disabled by default.

Set to true to enable the monitoring reporter.

#monitoring.enabled: false

Sets the UUID of the Elasticsearch cluster under which monitoring data for this

Filebeat instance will appear in the Stack Monitoring UI. If output.Elasticsearch

is enabled, the UUID is derived from the Elasticsearch cluster referenced by output.Elasticsearch.

#monitoring.cluster_uuid:


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Hi Warkolm,

Thanks for your help, it's working now. I have done some changes in filebeat.yml file and it starts working.

Cheers!!