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Old 2nd March 2012, 03:21 PM
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F17 anaconda 768MB limit

Is there any hope that the 768MB memory constraint of anaconda be reduced for Fedora 17?
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Old 2nd March 2012, 11:47 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

yes, it certainly will. we just need to get around to doing some testing to establish the new correct minimum. It'll be at most 512MB, hopefully less than that.
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Old 5th April 2012, 06:38 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

Hello,

does anybody know whether it is possible already with the alpha release or not?

Thanks

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Old 5th April 2012, 06:53 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

The last time I tried was Beta RC1 netinst and that was still 768MB
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Old 5th April 2012, 07:24 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

It is 768MB minimum until beta RC3. May be it will be changed for beta release - I do not know ..
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Old 10th April 2012, 04:57 AM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

still didn't get around to it. sigh. there is a parameter you can pass to disable the check now, though. remind me to bug wwoods to tell me what it is.
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Old 10th April 2012, 04:17 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

Hi, here is workaround - edit your /usr/sbin/anaconda, set needed_ram = 0 and start installation. Works for me on old notebook w/512 MB of RAM
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Old 10th April 2012, 04:28 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

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Hi, here is workaround - edit your /usr/sbin/anaconda, set needed_ram = 0 and start installation. Works for me on old notebook w/512 MB of RAM
Let me see if I understand this right - This would work in a Live CD, yes. But what about a Full DVD installation? I am not sure if this is still possible.
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Old 11th April 2012, 03:51 AM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

I would rather wait for a command line param from Adam - for all install media. Haven't tried dvd install media for years, perhaps you could kill anaconda process from vt, edit mentioned file and start it again ?
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Old 25th May 2012, 04:12 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

More than a month has gone by now, any more concrete news on this?
What is the command line parameter, if any? And does it work on all installation media?
Has anyone tested the absolute lowest amount of RAM required? For example, with Fedora 10 384MB of RAM was enough, are we finally back to this level again or is more RAM still required?
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Old 25th May 2012, 04:52 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

Well, I have used 500 MB 512MB RAM on Virtualbox and was able to install it. That's the lowest I have checked...

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Old 25th May 2012, 07:31 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

The final release has the limit at 512MB, and there's a parameter you can pass to disable the check, I think 'nomemcheck' or 'inst.nomemcheck'.
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Old 26th May 2012, 05:07 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

I have just done a fairly default test installation of Fedora 17.RC4 using DVD media on a physical machine with only 256MB of RAM using 'nomemcheck' and that worked!

I'm happy, because this means I can for sure install it on a 384MB machine that is currently running Fedora 10. Awesome!
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Old 26th May 2012, 08:03 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

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I have just done a fairly default test installation of Fedora 17.RC4 using DVD media on a physical machine with only 256MB of RAM using 'nomemcheck' and that worked!
Awesome! I hope this info goes in the Fedora Project wiki. More people need to know about this! I always thought that such a high memory requirement went against the idea of using Linux to make old machines useful. Now we won't have to worry about that.
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Old 26th May 2012, 10:19 PM
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Re: F17 anaconda 768MB limit

Success with 256MB is by no means assured; it does depend to an extent on the package set you install and also on how much swap space anaconda can take advantage of. I believe anaconda will use any swap space it finds on a target drive, but I'm not totally sure of the details.
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