Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 38330
Kernel OOM-rambo slaughters anaconda when installing packages
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:54 EDT
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When installing Redhat-7.1 from cdrom onto a Compaq SP1850 server (600PII,
256MB RAM, 2x36GB 10krpm SCSI, ide-cd), the installation crashes during
installation of packages (at ~20% installed). The kernel log at the other
console says the usual "Out of memory: Killing process 10 anaconda". I
chose no special packages - just a pretty small server install.
Ob-rant: While I appreciate Rik van Riel's efforts, someone should really
verify how the OOM-rambo works. I never had any problems with OOM until the
OOM-rambo was introduced. Then I've seen my X sessions getting killed for
no apparent reason in both 2.2 and 2.4. Sorta like "I have this neat
solution; let's invent a problem for it"...
Anyway, I'll check if this is reproducible tomorrow. I'll also check thath
the kernel detects all the memory.
Side note: just for the kicks (or to verify the server hw and kernel
stability) I did
foreach i in 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
cat /dev/sda > /dev/null & cat /dev/sdb > /dev/null & cat /dev/hda >
(hda is the ide-cd), and it killed the kernel in few minutes.
Reproducible: Didn't try
More info: the kernel appears to detect all the 256MB of memory, and (at least
when booting to rescue mode) there's a healthy 230MB of it free in the beginning.
The system is more exactly a Proliant 1850R, 600PIII Xeon 512kB cache, 440BX, if
that happens to interest anyone.
I wasn't able to reproduce, but I can't remember exactly what packages I
selected the first time.
Is this with GUI or text install?
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if you have more information.