Bug 71653 - Installer error "Cannot allocate memory"
Summary: Installer error "Cannot allocate memory"
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Version: 7.3
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Michael Fulbright
QA Contact: Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-08-16 04:54 UTC by ncc33843
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:45 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-08-19 22:42:00 UTC
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Description ncc33843 2002-08-16 04:54:35 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98)

Description of problem:
When I have been through the installer selecting the options just after setting 
up the RPM transactions it brings up an error message (see below)

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Boot from first CD
2.Select any options from the menu (tried many different combinations, same 
error every time)
3.Await the error message

Actual Results:  The installer brought up an error message it told me to make 
against anaconda with the main message that it could not allocate memory

Expected Results:  Red Hat liux should have installed onto the partitioned drive

Additional info:

It brought up the following error message (may not be 100% exact, it would not 
copy it to a floppy disk to I had to write it down and type it up again)

Traceback (innermost last);
File "/user/bin/anaconda", line 633 in ?
  intf.run(id, dispatched, configFileData)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 353 in
  run self.icw.run (slef.runres, configFileData)
File "/usr/lib/python1.5/site-packages/gtk.py", line 2676, in
  mainloop _gtk.gtk_main()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 529, in
  handleRenderCallback self.currentWindow.renderCallback()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_gui.py", line 135 in
  renderCallback self.intf.icw.nextClicked()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 417 in
  nextrClicked self.dispatch.gotoNext()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 144 in
  gotoNext self.moveStep()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/packages.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/syslogd.py", line 63 in
start self.pid = os.fork
OSError:[Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory

Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2002-08-19 16:06:35 UTC
How much RAM is in your system?

How much swap did you allocate?

Comment 2 ncc33843 2002-08-19 22:41:54 UTC
The computer I tried to install it on was a PII 266Mhz with 64Mb RAM installing 
it on a 2.5Gb ext2 partition, it mentioned after I selected what drive to 
install Linux to that I had not specified a swap but it said that it was not 
nessisary, how would I go about allocating this?

Comment 3 Michael Fulbright 2002-08-23 15:55:14 UTC
I would recommend adding at least 128M of swap for the amount of RAM you have,
192M would not hurt.

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