Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 71653
Installer error "Cannot allocate memory"
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:45:35 EDT
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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):
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
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
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 529, in
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_gui.py", line 135 in
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 417 in
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 144 in
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
How much RAM is in your system?
How much swap did you allocate?
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?
I would recommend adding at least 128M of swap for the amount of RAM you have,
192M would not hurt.