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Bug 64953 - 32M memory + 32M swap insufficient for minimal install
32M memory + 32M swap insufficient for minimal install
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i586 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-05-14 20:45 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:42 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-05-14 20:45:36 EDT
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Description Need Real Name 2002-05-14 20:45:30 EDT
Description of Problem:
* Minimal install on machine w/32M memory + 32M swap burps thusly:
  Traceback (innermost last):
    File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 633, in ?
      intf.run(id, dispatch, configFileData)
    File "/usr/src/build/90289-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/text.py",
      line 427, in run
    File "/usr/src/build/90289-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py",
      line 144, in gotoNext
    File "/usr/src/build/90289-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py",
      line 209, in moveStep
    File "/usr/src/build/90289-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py",
      line 573, in doInstall
    File "/usr/src/build/90289-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/syslogd.py",
      line 63, in start
  OSError: [Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory
* Install failed
* However, install with 32M memory + 64M swap worked fine

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How Reproducible:
* Find a machine with 32M memory and try installing with 32M swap

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use Disk Druid to partition 32M for swap
2. Custom install
3. Uncheck all packages
4. Watch it give the error message above

Actual Results:
* Nasty error message and failure

Expected Results:
* Perfect install

Additional Information:
* What is the minimum memory/swap requirement?
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2002-05-20 15:26:25 EDT
You need more than 32M of swap if you only have 32M of RAM.
Comment 2 Need Real Name 2002-05-20 19:34:57 EDT
Thanks!  The documentation:


says the following:
> The size of your swap partition should be equal to twice your computer's RAM,
> or 32 MB, whichever amount is larger, but no more than 2048 MB (or 2 GB).

In addition, the 7.1 Release Notes:


recommend more swap space than the 7.3 manual does.  I'm not sure how
Disk Druid allocates swap.

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