try to deal with out-of-memory more gracefully?

Bug #55775 reported by Vassilis Pandis on 2006-08-09
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Reporting on behalf of Popolon (see bug #54815 ):

I install Ubuntu but the installer crashed with error
We're sorry; the installer crashed. Please file a bug report at and a developer will attend to the problem as soon as possible. To help the developers understand what went wrong, include the following detail in your bug report, and attach the files /var/log/installer/syslog, /var/log/syslog, and /var/log/partman:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/ubiquity", line 130, in ?
  File "/usr/bin/ubiquity", line 55, in install
    ret =
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/ubiquity/frontend/", line 266, in run
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/ubiquity/frontend/", line 741, in process_step
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/ubiquity/frontend/", line 1029, in mountpoints_to_summary
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/ubiquity/frontend/", line 538, in progress_loop
    raise RuntimeError, ("Install failed with exit code %s; see "
RuntimeError: Install failed with exit code 1; see /var/log/installer/syslog and /var/log/syslog

I just have the bug with a 128Mb computer

I made an about 512Mo swap partition (ubunutu unusable (toooooo slow, doesn't finished booting after half hour) without hard drive swap partition on this computer).

Vassilis Pandis (pandisv) wrote :
Vassilis Pandis (pandisv) wrote :
Vassilis Pandis (pandisv) wrote :

I'm not sure whether his 128MB RAM is the issue here ....

Mateusz Drożdżyński (matid) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, please await the answer from Ubiquity developers.

Changed in ubiquity:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Looks like you've run out of memory, indeed. We should deal with this better somehow ...

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2006-09-18
Changed in ubiquity:
importance: Untriaged → Medium
tarski (guy-laffitte) wrote :

I sent a post in bug #70561 on how to use a swap partition on a USB key and prevent ubiquity from unmounting it.

This release of Ubuntu is no longer receiving maintenance updates. If this is still an issue on a maintained version of Ubuntu please let us know.

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for ubiquity (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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