Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 74847
Unhandled exception has occurred
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:46:59 EDT
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Description of problem:
Once the Installing Packages Phase of the installation is hit (but before
anything is installed) an unhandled exception occurrs.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Run RedHat Install-CD (Graphical or Text mode)
2.Complete Information gathering screens
3. **See Results ***
Actual Results: Once the Installing Packages Phase of the installation is hit
(but before anything is installed) an unhandled exception occurrs. The system
indicates I should save dump to floppy but 'Save to floppy' has no effect. I
will try to type a little of the dump:
Traceback(most recent call lst):
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 786, in handleRenderCallback
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 149, in RenderCallback
... similar messages ... then ...
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 66, in execWithRedirect
childpid = os.fork()
OSError:[Errno 12]Cannot allocate memory
Expected Results: Installs
Tried various Graphical and Text installs.
System: P3; 600MZ; 64MB memory; Video: Intel 810
Note: This system had been running RedHat Linux 7.1 without issues. The 7.1
install was removed and this was a fresh 8.0 install.
Can't duplicate again under text-based install although initial attempt at text-
based install failed. Not sure why initial text-based install failed due to
memory allocation. Graphical failure is due to excessive memory requirement.
This appears to be a duplicate of Bug 76123. The problem is that there is not
enough memory to process the transactions that are to be executed by the
installer. Anaconda, in GUI mode, requires at least 64M+ of memory and 128M of
You can alternatively attempt to install Red Hat Linux 8.0 in text mode by
specifying "linux text" at the SYSLINUX prompt upon first boot. Anaconda, in
text mode, is more lenient on memory resources.