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Re: apt-get problems

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kmself@ix.netcom.com scripsit:
>On Wed, Jul 12, 2000 at 02:15:49PM +0200, Jens Luedicke wrote:
>> Hi there ...
>> I messed up some files on my system and needed to
>> reinstall everything again. When I was finished with
>> all my packages I wanted to run "apt-get update".
>> apt-get fetched all the lists but when it was reading/parsing
>> the lists, I got an error message:
>> E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room!
>> ...
>> What wrong here?
>Looks suspiciously as if you're out of memory.  Not unlikely when trying
>to install a mess of packages.  What's your memory situation look like?

It's not exactly the same thing, but I'd like to give you a warn (I
know, I know, I sould signal it as a bug... I'll do). In the In the
"Installing Debian/Linux 2.1 for Intel x86" document they say, about
partitioning (section 4.2. Planing the use of the System"):

[...] Notably, the Debian '/var' partition contains a lot of state
information. [...], you should usually allocate at least 50Mb for

Well, I did it. I even allocated 128Mb, just to be on the sure
side. But during istallation it crashed. Infact, apt uses a
subdirectory of /var to put packages dowloaded but not yet installed
and at installation time you need a lot of packages. 

Then it seems to me that there are only two alternatives:

  make an huge /var partition, knowing that there will be a lot of
unused space after your installation is complete, or

  don't make a partition neither of /var nor /usr, make a huge /
partition and let the system use the space as it needs.

- -- 
The Hobbit

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