[Yum] Question on memory requirements

seth vidal skvidal at fedoraproject.org
Thu Jan 3 13:50:07 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-01-03 at 08:38 +0100, Bart van Kuik wrote:
> Hi list,
> I've got a question on memory requirements of yum. I have a CentOS 5.0 box
> running with 32 MB memory and 64 MB swapspace. It's running in Xen as a
> virtual machine, that's why the memory is so small. I've got bind running,
> which leaves about 10 megs of memory (i.e. the 'free' command returns
> "used minus buffers/cache: 22" of a total 32).
> I've only got the standard CentOS repositories:
>  $ ls /etc/yum.repos.d/
>  CentOS-Base.repo
>  CentOS-Media.repo
> When I run yum (for instance 'yum -y install screen', it often hangs the
> box, leaving it swapping for life.
> My questions:
> What are yum's memory requirements?
> Any tips on how I can best run yum with tight memory limits?

It really depends on the size of your repos - but a good minimum given
the repos available is about 128M


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