Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 77122
Unhandled exception OS Error [errno 12] cannot allocate memory
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:48:05 EDT
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Description of problem:
When installing Redhat 8.0 we are unable to get past this error. We are
installing it on a compaq deskpro 2000 system.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Perform default setup on compaq deskpro 2000
2.enter one user account
Actual Results: unhandled exception error
occurs everytime we install the program
Expected Results: continuation of installation
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 786, in handleRenderCallback
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_+gui.py", line 149, in renderCallback
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 632, innextClicked
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", lne 150, in gotoNext
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 TurnOnFilesSystems
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/partition.py", line 1110, in doMetaDeletes
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/lvm.py", line 54, in vgactivate
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py", line 66, in execWithRedirect
OSError: [Errno12] Cannot allocate memory
How much RAM is on this system?
Could you try booting with 'mem=40M' on the command line.
I think you are on the border of having enough RAM to run the install w/o
enabling swap, so reducing the RAM the kernel thinks your machine has will force
it to use swap and perhaps suceed.
Closing due to inactivity, please reopen if you have additional information to add.
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.
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.