How to forcefully move ahead in case installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux fails with error "vgdeactivate failed for <volgroup_name>" ?

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Issue

  • While kickstart installation, the following traceback appears causing installation failure.

    Truncated backtrace:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pyanaconda/threads.py", line 227, in run
        threading.Thread.run(self, *args, **kwargs)
      File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/threading.py", line 765, in run
        self.__target(*self.__args, **self.__kwargs)
      File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pyanaconda/install.py", line 204, in doInstall
        turnOnFilesystems(storage, mountOnly=flags.flags.dirInstall, callbacks=callbacks_reg)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blivet/__init__.py", line 230, in turnOnFilesystems
        storage.doIt(callbacks)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blivet/__init__.py", line 380, in doIt
        self.devicetree.processActions(callbacks)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blivet/devicetree.py", line 373, in processActions
        action.execute(callbacks)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blivet/deviceaction.py", line 344, in execute
        self.device.destroy()
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blivet/devices/storage.py", line 524, in destroy
        self._preDestroy()
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blivet/devices/lvm.py", line 220, in _preDestroy
        StorageDevice._preDestroy(self)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blivet/devices/storage.py", line 515, in _preDestroy
        self.teardown()
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blivet/devices/storage.py", line 459, in teardown
        self._teardown(recursive=recursive)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blivet/devices/lvm.py", line 207, in _teardown
        lvm.vgdeactivate(self.name)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/blivet/devicelibs/lvm.py", line 401, in vgdeactivate
        raise LVMError("vgdeactivate failed for %s: %s" % (vg_name, msg))
    LVMError: vgdeactivate failed for vg_name: running /sbin/lvm vgchange -a n vg_name --config  devices { preferred_names=["^/dev/mapper/", "^/dev/md/", "^/dev/sd"] }  failed
    
  • The disks are supposed to get cleared out completely and a fresh installation is required.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4
  • Kickstart installation

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