Running an LVM command returns "File-based locking initialisation failed" or "Locking type 1 initialisation failed"

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  • Running any LVM command returns a failure indicating locking initialisation has failed.
  • On RHEL4, the following message is seen: "Locking type 1 initialisation failed."
  • On RHEL5 or RHEL6, the following message is seen: "File-based locking initialisation failed"


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6
  • /var filesystem is readonly

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