lvcreate fails with the error “Aborting. Failed to activate new LV to wipe the start of it.”. Why ??


In case anyone out there gets an error message like “Aborting. Failed to activate new LV to wipe the start of it.” while doing an ‘lvcreate’, check (/etc/lvm/lvm.conf) once more.

Most probably, a ‘volume_list’ would have been defined in there, which in turns want you to specify the ‘volume_list’ tag specified along with the lvcreate command.

Excerpt from /etc/lvm/lvm.conf:

# If volume_list is defined, each LV is only activated if there is a
# match against the list.
#   vgname and vgname/lvname are matched exactly.
#   @tag matches any tag set in the LV or VG.
#   @* matches if any tag defined on the host is also set in the LV or VG
#
# volume_list = [ vg1, vg2/lvol1, @tag1, @* ]
volume_list = [ VG01, @foo.com ]

In this case, you will have to use the ‘lvcreate’ command as follows, which will create the logical volume properly.

# lvcreate –addtag @foo.com    … following-options

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