Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 76123
installer hangs with traceback error (OS Error:[Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:47:41 EDT
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Description of problem:
Version 7.3 installed fine with same hardware but not 8.0. Goes through whole
intallation setup including hard drive partitioning and install packages and
dependancies but then halts with traceback report. System is Gateway 2000 P5-
120 with STB Trio 64 video card (S3) and Vivitron 1572 (Sony) monitor. Disk
drives are WD 5.1GB (Linux) and WD 1.6GB (Windows 98)dual booting. Doing
install of workstation
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Actual Results: get Traceback error everytime:
Traceback (most recent call last):
file "/usr/anaconda/gui.py", line 786 in handleRenderCallback
file "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_gui.py", line 149, in
file "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 632, in nextClickedself.dispatch.gotonext
file "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 150, in gotoNextself.movestep()
file "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 215 in moveStep
file "/usr/anaconda/packages.py", line 430, in turnOnFilesystems
file "/usr/lib/anaconda/partions.py", line 1110, in doMetaDeletes
file "/usr/lib/anaconda/lvm.py", line 54 in vgactivate
searchPath=1) ** note single bracket **
file "/usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py", line 66, in execwithRedirect
OSError: [Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory
Expected Results: should have proceeded to format the partitions and then
start install of packages.
using boot.img to boot from floppy disk to CDROM. Tried image from 8.0
distribution and also from 7.3. Two drive are HDA (windows 98) and HDB for
Linux. Installation works fine for 7.3. Tried both ext2 and ext3 partitions.
Suspect either a formating problem of HD or video problem. Using Personal
package just bought and received (not ISO downloads.
How much memory do you have in your machine?
There is 64mb of memory in system
the system has 64 mb.
I am also ruuning into same problem. I am booting the system using MS-DOS disk
and ending with the above error. I changed few options and the problem is always
showing up. I did not test with Linux7.2. This problem is Linux Installer8.0.
I have the same ploblem. My PC is a IBM NetVista 6269-R3S, Intel Pentium III
600MHz, 64 Ram, HD 13GB IBM, Video Intel 810, Monitor IBM G42.
I don't have any partition on the HD. I'm using RedHat Linux 8.0
The program also told me that my HD have an inconsistent geometry and
recommends me to use LBA. And that this could not affect the use of it.
i have met the same error problem.
please told me how i can fix it.
I get the same problem when i try to install 8.0 on my Toshiba Laptop.
I couldn't install 7.3 on this machine (it booted from diskette, caught signal
11 in /sbin/loader), so i tried to install 8.0.
8.0 lets me do all parametering, until i finally launch the installation, and
then getting the tracaback error, without possibility to save it to a floppy
Does anyone know how to fix that ?
I've got a Pentium 166 w/64MB memory - 1GB, 3GB, 6GB IDE hard drives - I get
this on floppy/CD install of Linux 8.0:
File "usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 215, in moveStep
rc = apply(func, self.bindArgs(args))
File "usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py", line 430, in turnOnFilesystems
File "usr/lib/anaconda/partitions.py", line 1110, in doMetaDeletes
File "usr/lib/anaconda/lvm.py", line 54, in vgactivate
searchPath = 1)
File "usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py", line 66, in execWithRedirect
childpid = os.fork()
OSError: [Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory
install exited normally
sending termination signals...done
sending kill signals...done
you may safely reboot your system
Going back in graphical mode with only 64 megs of ram seems to exhaust available
memory. Please boot with 'linux text' and do a text mode install or go forward
through the install process. I've bumped the numbers in CVS for turning on swap
I do have an Dell Pentium III, with 128mb and I am getting the same annoying
message and the installation quits. It does not happens with 7.2 and 7.3.
Should be a bug. Is there any other solution, rather than installing using the
text only facility ?
I would like to appologize for my last message. My computer does have only 64mb
and NOT 128Mb as I wrote. So probably I am having the same memory problem. But
anyway the installation program should work fine with 64Mb like the earlier
I have a Pentium 133 mhz with 40 MB memory installed and I'm having the same
problem. Can I work with version 7.3 in graphical mode with this amount of
memory? Can somebody give the answer to this question?
I too got this traceback error with Redhat 8.0 booting from floppy and
installing from the ftp site.
I have a P4 2,67 GHz, 512MB RDRAM, 80GB HDD partitioned with 100MB /boot, 1GB
swap, 10GB /, 60GB /workpartition. Except of swap the filesystem is ext3.
The installation reports an error reading the partition table from this
I had same problem installing RH 8.0. Had 64mb RAM and adding 128mb goes fine,
i finished instalation with anaconda ok !! :)
Anyone have other less expensive solution??
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