Bug 77122 - Unhandled exception OS Error [errno 12] cannot allocate memory
Summary: Unhandled exception OS Error [errno 12] cannot allocate memory
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-11-01 14:19 UTC by jzeman
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:48 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2006-02-21 18:50:04 UTC

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Description jzeman 2002-11-01 14:19:06 UTC
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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):

How reproducible:

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

Additional info:

File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 786, in handleRenderCallback
	self.currentWindow.renderCallback ()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_+gui.py", line 149, in renderCallback
	self.intf.icw.nextClickecd ()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 632, innextClicked
	self.dispatch.gotoNext ()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", lne 150, in gotoNext
	self.movestep ()
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
	partitions.doMetaDeletes (diskset)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/partition.py", line 1110, in doMetaDeletes
	lvan.vgactivate ()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/lvm.py", line 54, in vgactivate
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py", line 66, in execWithRedirect
	childpid=os.fork ()
OSError: [Errno12] Cannot allocate memory

Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2002-11-01 16:22:21 UTC
How much RAM is on this system?

Comment 2 jzeman 2002-11-01 16:42:29 UTC
48 MB

Comment 3 Michael Fulbright 2002-11-01 17:59:20 UTC
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.

Comment 4 Michael Fulbright 2002-12-02 16:10:57 UTC
Closing due to inactivity, please reopen if you have additional information to add.

Comment 5 Michael Lee Yohe 2003-01-09 14:07:08 UTC
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.

Comment 6 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 18:50:04 UTC
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.

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