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Bug 80463 - Installer states "unhandled exception" just before installing to hard drives
Summary: Installer states "unhandled exception" just before installing to hard drives
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Michael Fulbright
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-12-26 21:07 UTC by Harold P. Hjalmarson
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:49 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2002-12-29 22:37:08 UTC

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Description Harold P. Hjalmarson 2002-12-26 21:07:58 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (Win98; U)

Description of problem:
The system hangs in  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/", 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 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 16:24:30 UTC
How much RAM is in your system? 64MB is required.

Comment 2 Harold P. Hjalmarson 2002-12-28 21:03:50 UTC
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 22:37:08 UTC
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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