When increasing logical volumes or file systems, the error “0516-404 allocp: This system cannot fulfill the allocation request” often occurs. Many AIX administrators are at first a little at a loss as to what the cause of the problem is: is it due to max LPs or upper bound, the chosen strictness or does the problem have completely different causes. Unfortunately, the error message is only generic and does not say what the real problem is. A good way to get to the bottom of the problem is the alog lvmt, in which all LVM actions, especially the low-level commands, including error messages are logged.
Our article Troubleshooting problems with extendlv and file system extension uses a series of examples to show how the cause of the problem can be found in many cases.