Recently in a migration project we faced one issue while trying to activate SharePoint 2013 publishing feature in a sub site. The error comes as:
Sorry, something went wrong
The feature failed to activate because a list at ‘PublishingImages’ already exists in this site. Delete or rename the list and try activating the feature again.
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Correlation ID: dd9a469d-9e16-a03f-d3a2-794a2716f9d9
Date and Time: 11/30/2015 12:27:29 AM
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The issue basically come for us in MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2013 migrated sites. I got two approaches to solve the issue.
We need to go to the PublishingImages library and rename the document library name to some other from the library settings page.
Then try to activate the publishing feature.
For few subsites the other approach I have tried is I have activated the Publishing feature by using PowerShell command by using the -Force parameter.
The commnd is like below:
Enable-SPFeature -Identity PublishingWeb -URL https://SiteURL/ -Force
Hope this will be helpful.