[CentOS] [Centos 5] minimum RAM required to install : 1GB ?

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 19:33:17 UTC 2007

On 3/14/07, Martin Hamant <mh at accelance.fr> wrote:
> Hi,
> From the release notes i can read :
> "Note that the minimum RAM required to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux
> 4.92 has been raised to 1GB; the recommended RAM is 2GB. If a machine
> has less than 1GB RAM, the installation process may hang."
> Is it a joke/mistake ? :-O
> 1GB !!!

Actually no. I have run into several cases of doing large installs or
adding extra repositories during the installation where the installer
will just hang if you do not have 1 GB of ram. These are issues that I
think will be fixed upstream for 5.1/5.2 timeframe.

What I have found so far:

Text Install: 256 MB of ram will work. 128MB will not.
Graphic Install: 256MB of ram will install minimal system.

As you add more packages to the mix, you will need to increase the
memory of the minimal system.

Stephen J Smoogen. -- CSIRT/Linux System Administrator
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed
in a naughty world. = Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice"

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