Attempts to exclusively activate clustered lvm resource fail without giving any error in RHEL 5 or 6

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  • When I attempt to manually activate a volume group that will be used by an lvm resource in a cluster service, it fails to activate but doesn't give any specific error.
# vgchange -aey clust
  0 logical volume(s) in volume group "clust" now active
# lvchange -aey clust/lv1
# lvs clust
  LV   VG    Attr     LSize    Pool Origin Data%  Move Log Copy%  Convert
  lv1  clust -wi----- 1020.00m                                           
  lv2  clust -wi----- 1020.00m       
  • My clustered lvm resource won't start, without giving any specific error messages other than:
Jul 03 16:06:21 rgmanager [lvm] Starting volume group, clust
Jul 03 16:06:22 rgmanager [lvm] Failed to activate clust
Jul 03 16:06:22 rgmanager start on lvm "clust" returned 1 (generic error)
  • Can not activate HA LVM in Service Group.
  • I'm unable to do failover of cluster service with lvm resources
  • The Volume Group in our cluster service is unable to activate the logical volumes


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 or 6 with the High Availability Add on
  • HA-LVM
    • locking_type = 3 in /etc/lvm/lvm.conf
    • volume group in question is marked with the "clustered" ('c') attribute
    • volume_list defined in /etc/lvm/lvm.conf that does not include the volume group in question

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