Bug 253129 - Fedora 7 install hangs, flogging swap
Summary: Fedora 7 install hangs, flogging swap
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 7
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-08-17 01:21 UTC by Joe Christy
Modified: 2008-08-02 23:40 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2008-06-17 02:10:44 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
A representative install log, captured by adding syslog= to the boot commandline (8.67 KB, text/plain)
2007-08-17 01:21 UTC, Joe Christy
no flags Details

Description Joe Christy 2007-08-17 01:21:15 UTC
Description of problem:

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

How reproducible:

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
Actual results:
After about 1100 packages, anaconda starts to flog swap and eventually hangs

Expected results:
Install succeeds as it did with FC6 on the same machine w/ same partition
scheme, and FC5 before that, and FC4 before that ...

Additional info:
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.

Comment 1 Joe Christy 2007-08-17 01:21:15 UTC
Created attachment 161710 [details]
A representative install log, captured by adding syslog= to the boot commandline

Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 14:00:43 UTC
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Comment 3 Andy Lindeberg 2008-06-03 20:56:45 UTC
Have you encountered the same problem when upgrading to Fedora 9?

Comment 4 Bug Zapper 2008-06-17 02:10:42 UTC
Fedora 7 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on June 13, 2008. 
Fedora 7 is no longer maintained, which means that it will not 
receive any further security or bug fix updates. As a result we 
are closing this bug. 

If you can reproduce this bug against a currently maintained version 
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