Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 50032
Installer crashes during formatting process in a partitionless installation.
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
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Description of problem:
While performing a partitionless install, installer crashes during the
formatting process. I was only allowed to create the dump on floppy and
the system restarts.
Steps to Reproduce:
2.Select packages to install.
3.Proceed up to and part way through format of swap file.
Actual Results: Told this might be a bug. Offered to create an anaconda
dump to floppy.
Installtion platform: Celeron CPU, 533Mhz, 128Mb, Win98 OS installed.
Created attachment 25027 [details]
Please include more detailed instructions on the partitioning steps of your
I selected an existing FAT32 partition containing Win98 OS for a partitionless
installation. This is the only partition on the machine. I selected ~3.0GB from
~6GB remaining on the drive for Red Hat. I used ~32MB for the swap and all the
remaining (of the 3GB) for "/". Everything else was just following instruction
form anaconda. The dump should show which packages I was installing. Hope this
BTW, I decided to use fips to steal away the partition space and installed
without a hitch.
I think that the 32MB of swap that the installer defaults to is just not enough
swap space. I think that if you had selected enough swap space (roughly 2x your
amount of RAM), then things would have worked. With the increased swap needs of
the 2.4 kernel, 32MB of swap just wasn't nearly enough for us to set the default
at. Partitionless installs just seem to be more error prone than traditional
Thanks for your report.