Monthly Archives: August 2021

Mongodump – Unrecognized field ‘snapshot’

I recently upgraded my mongo instance on my laptop and I was trying to do a backup of my mongo database on a remote server. I tried using my usual monodump commands but saw some strange error:

Failed: error reading collection: Failed to parse: { find: "Files", skip: 0, snapshot: true, $readPreference: { mode: "secondaryPreferred" }, $db: "app_db" }. Unrecognized field 'snapshot'.

On some googling I found out that this error can happen due to difference between the Mongo server version and the Mongo client version. This stackoverflow article explains the problem and the solution to it as well.

In the end I simply had to add “–forceTableScan” to my mongodump command to get it to work properly.