A couple of days ago, I was testing my install / kickstart scripts, on KVM, and found out that my installation of CentOS 5.3 (i386) failed each time I installed it. KVM / qemu crashed each time, with output similar to what it looks like below:-

Python traceback:

Traceback (most recent call first):
File “/usr/lib/python2.4/”, line 975, in _execute_child
raise child_exception
File “/usr/lib/python2.4/”, line 542, in __init__
errread, errwrite)
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 488, in inVmware
proc = subprocess.Popen(lspci, stdout = subprocess.PIPE)
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 860, in doGroupSetup
if iutil.inXen() or iutil.inVmware() or
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 942, in doRepoSetup
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 172, in doRepoSetup
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 201, in moveStep
rc = stepFunc(self.anaconda)
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 124, in gotoNext
File “/usr/lib/anaconda/”, line 721, in run
File “/usr/bin/anaconda”, line 1006, in ?
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory


I was using 3 GB virtual disk and 256 MB of RAM for the virtual machine, and that was the exact problem; though it is not mentioned any where in the docs, nor the crash tells anything about it. I mean, 256 MB RAM. It is not enough for CENTOS 5.3 to install through PXE, any more. Though the CD install works.

So, increasing the RAM to 384, or to 512, magically fixed the problem. I burned two days on this one, ripping apart my kickstart configurations, checking DHCP, TFTP, Apache , etc etc. It was a real waste of time. Any way, it’s done now.

I hope this will help someone save his time.

Regards, Kamran