FC6 -> F7 upgrade stalls

Philip Walden pwaldenlinux at pacbell.net
Mon Jun 11 13:56:34 UTC 2007

Joachim Backes wrote:
> Chris 'Chipper' Chiapusio wrote:
>> On Sat, Jun 09, 2007 at 07:15:30AM -0700, Lonni J Friedman wrote:
>>> I'm attempting to upgrade a system from FC6 x86 to F7, and the upgrade
>>> is stalling after installing a few packages every time.
> Could see the same behaviour on a fast machine with a lot of memory.
> At least when starting the package install, anaconda stalls for some 
> minutes (it needs a lot of seconds for rather small packages).
> Additionally, at the end of upgrade (before  the reboot prompt), there 
> is a long period with a flickering screen - unable to see what 
> anaconda deals with.
>>> When I switch to a virtual console, I see that anaconda is consuming
>>> 100% CPU, and in the upgrade.log the last few lines show assorted
>>> packages with the error:
>>> "Couldn't fork %post: Cannot allocate memory"
>>> This system has 384MB of RAM, so its not starved by any means.  Any
>>> one have ideas?
>>> -- 
>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>> L. Friedman                                    netllama at gmail.com
>>> LlamaLand                       http://netllama.linux-sxs.org
>> I experienced this as well and got past it by going to console two 
>> once the
>> install began and manually enabling swap.  In fact I created an extra
>> swapfile to ensure there was more than enough available.
>> Chip
Same problem here, although I gave up on the upgrade and went to a full 
install before I saw this thread. During the full install the installer 
said memory was low and that it was going to create more swap. I guess 
they forgot to add this same logic to the upgrade process.

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