Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 81407
Cannot allocate memory
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:49:36 EDT
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Description of problem:
During the install process after partitioning,
formatting and selecting components an
unhandled exception occurred.
A Red Hat tech first told me that this was because I was
using the GUI install and a 45M RAM i386 needed to do a
text install. Well, I get the same error with the GUI or text
An unhandled exception has occurred. This
is most likely a bug. Please copy the
full text of this exception or save the
crash dump to a floppy then file a
detailed bug report against anaconda at
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/anaconda". line 694, in intf.run
(id, dispatch, configFileData)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/text/py", line 446,
in run dispatch.gotoNext()
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", ;ine 680, in doInstall
syslog.start (instPath, syslogname)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/syslogd.py", line 64, in start
self.pid = os.fork()
OSError: [Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Using the boxed Red Hat Linux 8.0, install with GUI or text
2. The system is an old 386 Pentiom I 133MHz, 45M RAM and 2 IDE hard drives.
3. Enter info for a minimal install
4. Above error happens after formatting, when components
are about to be copied?
Duplicate == Bug 76123
Red Hat Linux 8.0 requires at least 64M of memory to install in graphical mode.
Alternatively, you can attempt to install via Anaconda text mode which is more
lenient on memory requirements. To do this, type "linux text" at the SYSLINUX
prompt upon first bootup.
I got this error when I enter "linux text" at the
I think, one of the other duplicate bugs, had Michael Fulbright saying that 48M
of RAM should be sufficient for a text mode install (so you're still a wee bit
short). You can increase the amount of swap space allocated to 128M and try
that. How much swap space are you allocating?
Can you attach the Anaconda dump to this bug or Bug 76123?
We don't support installation of Red Hat Linux 8.0 on systems with less than 64
megs of ram.