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Re: Debian Etch on LVM

On Thu, February 1, 2007 10:46, orion195 said:
> Hi everybody,
> I'm still trying to install debian / on a LVM.
> Naturally, I have created a /boot on /dev/sda1 with fs ext3.
> This is the log saved on my slug:
> Jan 31 16:30:16 partman-lvm:   Physical volume "/dev/sda5"
>                                successfully created
> Jan 31 16:32:00 partman-lvm:   Volume group "vg"
>                                successfully created
> Jan 31 16:32:39 kernel: oom-killer: gfp_mask=0x200d2, order=0
> Jan 31 16:32:39 kernel: Out of Memory: Kill process 24876 (lvcreate)
>                         score 167 and children.
> Jan 31 16:32:39 kernel: Out of memory: Killed process 24876 (lvcreate).

Your computer ran out of memory while the LVM volumes were being set up
and the kernel started killing processes which leaves the installation
process in an undefined state.

How much memory does the computer that you are trying to install on have?
When you say slug I assume you mean a Linksys NSLU2? I seem to recall that
it has 32Mb of RAM?

If that is the case I'm afraid there's not a whole lot we can do about it
right now (unless the out-of-memory condition was the result of a bug such
as a massive memory leak) as reducing the memory usage of the installer is
a long-term project which requires intrusive changes (i.e. not something
to do shortly before a release).

What you might be able to do is to make sure that some sort of swap is
setup (manually, e.g. on some kind of USB-attached storage) before you
attempt the LVM setup steps.

David Härdeman

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