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Bug 80463 - Installer states "unhandled exception" just before installing to hard drives
Installer states "unhandled exception" just before installing to hard drives
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2002-12-26 16:07 EST by Harold P. Hjalmarson
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:49 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-12-29 17:37:08 EST
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Description Harold P. Hjalmarson 2002-12-26 16:07:58 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (Win98; U)

Description of problem:
The system hangs in util.py  I cannot use the floppy disk option to capture the bug report. 

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

How reproducible:
Didn't try

Actual Results:  hung system

Expected Results:  Disk activity indicating that the installation is proceediing.

Additional info:

The last linesin the final window  are the following.

File "/usr/lib/anaocnda/util.py", line 66, in execwithRedirect childpid = os.fork()

OSError: [errno 12] Cannot allocate memory

I had planned to do a server install.  Then I went back to change it to a custom install.  This change deleted all the partioning so I had to re-enter all that information.

I noticed that the earlier lines captured in the final window refer to partitions.py and to meta-deletes.

When I reinstall, I won't change my mind about which type to system to install.  I expect that I won't have another hung installation.
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2002-12-27 11:24:30 EST
How much RAM is in your system? 64MB is required.
Comment 2 Harold P. Hjalmarson 2002-12-28 16:03:50 EST
Thanks for responding. 

I have exactly 64 MB of RAM in the computer.  It is slower than it was with 
Redhat 7.2; thus I probably will buy some more RAM for it.

I successfully installed Redhat 8.0 on my second attempt.

I also note that in both attempts I had tried to mount hdb as /home.  However, 
this mount did not occur probably because the installer made /home on hda 
(there were no error messages).  Later I did a rename to mount hdb as /home.  

I mention this in case it has some relevance to the installer hangup in the 
first attempt. 
Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2002-12-29 17:37:08 EST
We've bumped where the amount of RAM needed before turning on swap "early" in
rawhide, so this shouldn't be as much of a problem in future releases.

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