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Fixing Kubernetes PersistentVolume Configuration Error

A Step-by-Step Guide to Correcting Common Kubernetes YAML Mistakes.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Correcting Common Kubernetes YAML Mistakes in PersistentVolume Configuration.
February 29, 2024
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When encountering an error like “Error from server (BadRequest): error when creating ’nfs.pv.yaml’: PersistentVolume in version ‘v1’ cannot be handled as a PersistentVolume: strict decoding error: unknown field ‘spec.PersistentVolumeReclaimPolicy’”, it indicates a common issue in Kubernetes where the YAML file used for creating a PersistentVolume (PV) contains incorrect or misplaced fields. This error specifically points out that there’s an unknown field spec.PersistentVolumeReclaimPolicy within the YAML configuration, which suggests a typographical error or a misunderstanding of where to place the PersistentVolumeReclaimPolicy field properly.

Understanding the Error

In Kubernetes, a PersistentVolume (PV) is a piece of storage in the cluster that has been provisioned by an administrator or dynamically provisioned using Storage Classes. The PersistentVolumeReclaimPolicy field dictates what happens to a PV after it is released from a claim. Common reclaim policies include Retain, Delete, and Recycle.

The error message suggests that the PersistentVolumeReclaimPolicy is placed under a spec subsection where it doesn’t belong or is misspelled. Kubernetes API expects this field to be directly under the spec section of a PV definition, not nested within another field.

Correcting the YAML Configuration

To resolve the error, you need to ensure that your nfs.pv.yaml file is correctly formatted according to the Kubernetes API requirements for a PersistentVolume. Below is an example of a properly structured YAML file for a PersistentVolume using NFS:

apiVersion: v1
kind: PersistentVolume
  name: example-nfs-pv
    type: nfs
    storage: 5Gi
    - ReadWriteMany
  persistentVolumeReclaimPolicy: Retain
    path: /path/to/nfs/share

Note the correct placement of the persistentVolumeReclaimPolicy field directly under spec, not nested within any other field.


Mistakes in YAML configurations can lead to errors when deploying resources in Kubernetes. The specific error with spec.PersistentVolumeReclaimPolicy is usually due to a misconfiguration in the YAML file. By following the correct structure for a PersistentVolume resource and placing the persistentVolumeReclaimPolicy in the right location, you can resolve this issue. Always use the Kubernetes documentation as a reference to ensure your YAML files are correctly formatted according to the expectations of the Kubernetes API.

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