Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 68774
Unhandled exception during first installation - sorry, don't know the module name
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:44:08 EDT
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Description of problem:
A very repetitive error under various sets of options on my machine - but it
looks like it is related to the size of swap file. I had it every time I tried
to make swap partition 32Mb (equalt to the size of RAM). And when I chose
autopartition (which made my swap partition over 150Mb), installation went
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. I start installation from CD-ROM and follow on with all default options,
such as graphical installer, English language, US keyboard, Generic 3 Button
Mouse (PS/2), laptop system.
2. Then I select Druid partitioner, and made two partitions - one swap 32 MB
and the rest (over 3Gb) for the system.
3. Use GRUB Boot Loader (or LILO - with the same effect), install it on MBR,
then continue with all default options, and enter personal information &
4. Select GNOME package
5. Confirm my video card type
6. Formatting filesystem went through seemingly OK
7. Transferring install image to hard drive went through seemingly OK
8. Setting up RPM transaction went through seemingly OK
9. Install started
Actual Results: An unhandled exception has occured. This is most likely a bug.
Please copy the full text of this exception or save the crash dump to a floppy
then file a detailed bug report against anaconda at
Traceback (innermost last):
File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 633, in ?
intf.run(id, dispatch, configFileData)
File "usr/lib/anaconda/text.py", line 427, in run
File "usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 144, in gotoNext
File "usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 209, in moveStep
rc = apply(func, self.bindArgs(args))
File "usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py", line 573, in doInstall
syslog.start (instPath, syslogname)
File "usr/lib/anaconda/syslog.py", line 63, in start
self.pid = os.fork ()
OSError: [Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory
Expected Results: I expected the installation to be completed successfully, of
I don't know if it matters, but here's machine's basic parameters:
Dell Latitude (laptop) on Intel Pentium II (D233ST), 32MB RAM, 3.1GB HDD.
You need at least 128M of swap, maybe more, for a 32M machine.