Please check /etc/lvm/lvm.conf file
in that archive=1 and archive_dir = "/etc/lvm/archive"
Permissions of the path of /etc/lvm
Verify the disk usage of [ / ] file system using df -h
Let me know if everything is ok
Rob your post is really good, in production environment I would like to backup all user's history with time stamp from root. Till now i backup ~.bash_history file in user's home directory..Please guide me if is it possible in linux..