Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 77598
Installer says cannot allocate memory
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:48:20 EDT
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Description of problem:
Once I have selected all of my preferences for the installation, I press next
and the screen that displays all of the packages that are being installed
appears, before it starts installing I get an error titled 'Exception Occured'.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Start annaconda Installer
Actual Results: It showed an error message, not allowing me to continue.
Expected Results: Linux should have started installing.
Traceback (most recent call last):
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
rc = apply(func, self.bindArgs(args))
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py", line 430, in turnOnFilesystems
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py", line 1110, in doMetaDeletes
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/lvm.py", line 54, in vgactivate
searchPath = 1)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/lutil.py", line 66, in execWithRedirect
childpid = os.fork()
OSError: [Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory
How much RAM is in your system? The minimum for installation of Red Hat Linux 8
I have got 64M, but could it be that the type of RAM is to slow?
I'm getting the exact same error message about 90% of the time I try to
install red hat 8 on my Intel Pentium 200 mmx w/ 2gb HD + 64 mb ram. The
other 10% it makes it up to installing the zip library files (about the ninth
installed file), then fails.
I just finished installing Red Hat 8.0!
I couldn't get it to work, but as soon as I allocated 128 mb as a swap
partition instead of 64 or 65 mb, it worked!
It had failed either right after the installer, or during installation itself
at least 20 times, but as soon as I switched the swap, it worked the first
time. It may not work for you, but it worked for me!
Did using more swap work for you?
Yes, allocating 128mb instead of 64mb to swap worked the first time! Maybe
you could change the documentation to suggest 128mb of swap even if the
computer has 64mb of memory.
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.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 76123 ***
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.