Bug 77188 - Installer crashes with message " OSError:(Errno 12)"
Summary: Installer crashes with message " OSError:(Errno 12)"
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i586
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Michael Fulbright
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-11-02 16:54 UTC by Ingvald Ramsrud
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: 2002-11-11 15:57:22 UTC

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Description Ingvald Ramsrud 2002-11-02 16:54:56 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98; Win 9x 4.90; 

Description of problem:
Installer crashes every time with message "OSError (Errno 12) Kan ikke tildele 
minne." I am installing RedHat Linux 8.0 on a P166, 64Mb ram, and 40 Gb HD. The 
machine used to run Win ME with no problems.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Start setup
2.Norwegian keyboard

Actual Results:  Crash!

Expected Results:  Install completed...

Additional info:

Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2002-11-04 22:24:49 UTC
Was this a graphical or text mode install?

What did you select to install?

Comment 2 Ingvald Ramsrud 2002-11-06 17:58:36 UTC
Hello, and thank you for your reply.

Additional info as requested:

* Install was in Graphical mode

* Partitioning was automatic

* Install selected was Personal Desktop

* Chosen packages was GNOME, OpenOffice, Mozzilla, Evolution, Instant Messging,
  Sound and picture-program and Games. All as recommended.

Here is the complete list of errors:
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, in nextClicked
File"usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py",line 150, in gotoNext
File"usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py" line 215, in moveStep
File"/usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py" line 430, in turnOnFilesystems
File"/sr/lib/anaconda/partitions.py" line1110, in doMetaDeletes
File"/sr/lib/anaconda/lvm.py" line 54, in vgactivate
File"/usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py" line 66, in execWithRedirect
OSError: (Errno12) kan ikke tildele minne

Comment 3 Need Real Name 2002-11-09 09:54:46 UTC
I got the exact error with the same traceback path except I chose English and 
the last line said:
OSError:[Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory

Comment 4 Michael Fulbright 2002-11-11 15:57:15 UTC
Please try in text mode - that will require less memory.

Comment 5 Ingvald Ramsrud 2002-11-12 20:31:15 UTC
Install in text mode OK.
Linux is now running fine, but a little slow. Will try to buy some more memory!

Comment 6 Michael Lee Yohe 2003-01-09 14:08:43 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.

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