Bug 83067

Summary: Installer crashes when attempting to load packages on Dell Optiplex GX110
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Matt Evett <mevett>
Component: anacondaAssignee: Jeremy Katz <katzj>
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE QA Contact: Mike McLean <mikem>
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Version: 8.0CC: michael
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Description Matt Evett 2003-01-29 22:18:19 UTC
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Netscape/7.0

Description of problem:
Booting from the installation CD.  The entire installation process goes smoothly
until after packages have been selected for installation.  

Anaconda recognizes the hardware (I'm using an old Dell Optiplex GX111. 
Anaconda sees an Intel810 video card and a Dell M770 monitor).

The installation process is simple:
1. Select a generic 3-button mouse.
2. Choose to install a "personal desktop" (I also tried Workstation)
3. Choose to autopartition (I also tried manual partitioning)
4. Choose to "remove all partitions"
5. Select GRUB as the bootstrapper
6. Select DHCP to obtain IP address
7. Enable SSH (and DHCP)
8. Choose English as language
9. Select EST as the timezone
10. Set the su password and create one user account
11. Accept the default packages for installation

Anaconda now warns that the next step is not undoable.  I select OK.  The screen
changes to show two empty "progress bars", but within a few seconds, a dialog
box pops up with an error message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 786, in handleRenderCallback
  self.currentWindow.renderCallback()
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_gui.ph", line 149, in renderCallback
  self.intf.icw.nextClicked()
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 632, in nextClicked
  self.dispatch.gotoNext()
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 150, in gotoNext
  self.moveStep()
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 215, in moveStep
  rc=apply(func,self.bindArgs(args))
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py", line 430, in turnOnFilesystems
  partitions.doMetaDeletes(diskset)
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/partitions.py", line 1110, in doMetaDeletes
  lvm.vgactivate()
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/lvm.py", line 54, in vgactivate
  searchPath=1)
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py", line 66, in execWithRedirect
  childpid = os.fork()
OSError: [Errno12] Cannot allocate memory


I have used disk images from different mirror locations, and used 3 different CD
burners to create the installation CDs.  All fail in the same way.

I would certainly appreciate any feedback!  I've wasted far too many hours
trying to get this to work so that I can teach my students how to do the same
thing for a graduate course I'm teaching




Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
Copied from description above:

Run the installation process:
1. Select a generic 3-button mouse.
2. Choose to install a "personal desktop" (I also tried Workstation)
3. Choose to autopartition (I also tried manual partitioning)
4. Choose to "remove all partitions"
5. Select GRUB as the bootstrapper
6. Select DHCP to obtain IP address
7. Enable SSH (and DHCP)
8. Choose English as language
9. Select EST as the timezone
10. Set the su password and create one user account
11. Accept the default packages for installation 

Actual Results:  Copied from description above:
Anaconda now warns that the next step is not undoable.  I select OK.  The screen
changes to show two empty "progress bars", but within a few seconds, a dialog
box pops up with an error message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 786, in handleRenderCallback
  self.currentWindow.renderCallback()
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_gui.ph", line 149, in renderCallback
  self.intf.icw.nextClicked()
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 632, in nextClicked
  self.dispatch.gotoNext()
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 150, in gotoNext
  self.moveStep()
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 215, in moveStep
  rc=apply(func,self.bindArgs(args))
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py", line 430, in turnOnFilesystems
  partitions.doMetaDeletes(diskset)
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/partitions.py", line 1110, in doMetaDeletes
  lvm.vgactivate()
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/lvm.py", line 54, in vgactivate
  searchPath=1)
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py", line 66, in execWithRedirect
  childpid = os.fork()
OSError: [Errno12] Cannot allocate memory


Expected Results:  Installation should have completed successfully.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Michael Lee Yohe 2003-01-30 15:24:52 UTC
This appears to be a duplicate of Bug 76123.  The problem is that there is not
enough memory to process the transactions that are to be executed by the
installer.  Anaconda, in GUI mode, requires at least 64M of memory.

You can alternatively attempt to install Red Hat Linux 8.0 in text mode by
specifying "linux text" at the SYSLINUX prompt upon first boot.

Comment 2 Matt Evett 2003-02-06 21:44:45 UTC
The suggested work-around does the job.  I have successfully installed 8.0. 
Thanks to Mr. Yohe for the help!

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 76123 ***

Comment 3 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 18:51:29 UTC
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.