Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 253129
Fedora 7 install hangs, flogging swap
Last modified: 2008-08-02 19:40:37 EDT
Description of problem:
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Try to perform fresh install of F7 on Thinkpad T42p w/ 1GB RAM
2.Try to install more than a bare minimum of packages
After about 1100 packages, anaconda starts to flog swap and eventually hangs
Install succeeds as it did with FC6 on the same machine w/ same partition
scheme, and FC5 before that, and FC4 before that ...
memtest86+ finds no problem with RAM and system sailed through a forced fsck
under FC6, so I believe that the disc is OK. sha1 sum of i386 DVD iso image I
began with checked out, and I have been able to perform network installs to
other machines from the exploded Fedora on my build server, so I believe that
the installation medium is OK.
I have 1GB RAM and a 80GB disc with 4 primary physical partitions: 100MB /boot,
two 2GB swaps, and the rest is one LVM physical volume. There are 5 logical
volumes under LVM: 15GB /, 2.5 GB /var, 2.5GB /tmp, 15GB /home, and 30GB /usr/local.
At first I tried to simply reformat my /boot, swaps, /, /var, and /tmp, while
preserving /home and /usr/local. I chose to do a network install from NFS from
my build server as I habitually do. As the install progressed, system grew
slower and disc activity grew, until install finally hung, I could painfully
switch to other ttys, if I waited about 5 minutes, but sh# prompt was defunct
and the only problem on the other ttys was a warning from anaconda about
progress.py from much earlier in the install. I ultimately had to do a hard
I tried again with the same partition setup but installing from a DVD that I
burned from the sha1-checked iso image, which also passed the medium install
check. Same failure.
In fact same thing happens with every install method I tried with any usable set
of packages selected, even after I wiped the disk and started from scratch. A
few times, but not every time, one of the ttys would show a stack trace which I
didn't want to transcribe by hand, esp. since the top had scrolled off the screen.
Checking bugzilla, it appears that others have encountered some problems that
could be the same, but are still open, presumably since they don't have
sufficient information in them. I did find a mention of an updated image in bz
241991 (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=241991), but using
it didn't help.
I was able to do an absolutely minimal install by unchecking everything and
using the default partition scheme (which doesn't really meet my needs). That is
how I installed memcheck86+, but I dread having to add all my accustomed sw by
hand. Manually adding all my accustomed sw seems an overly daunting task.
Created attachment 161710 [details]
A representative install log, captured by adding syslog= to the boot commandline
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