#3580 Webmin setup "hangs" at "Running postinstall scripts..."


Hello everybody,

I try to install webmin 1.500 on a debian (lenny) system (The Hardware is a NSLU2 from Linksys).
The Kernel is 2.6.26-2-ixp4xx.

The installation seems to hang at the step "Running postinstall scripts.." (up to now I have waited two times for more that 12 hours each time).

When I check the cpu/mem usage I see a "run-postinstall" process which uses 1-3% of the cpu and uses a lot of memory (the longer I wait the more ram is used).

Searching the web did not lead to a solution. Also I tried to download the webmin tar and call ./setup.sh from the command line => same result as with using "apt-get install webmin".

Has anybody an idea for a solution or any workaround?


  • Nobody/Anonymous

    I had the same problem trying to install webmin on my DLINK DNS323 (with chroot-debian distro upgraded to "Lenny"). I gave up trying to install 1.500, and downloaded and installed the older version 1.490 instead. That worked like a charm.

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2010-01-04

    How much RAM do your systems have? The 1.500 release collects information about installed and available packages at install time, which can consume a lot of RAM on debian and ubuntu systems.

  • Thomas Boll

    Thomas Boll - 2010-01-04

    @jcameron: The NSLU2 has 30MB RAM and a 266 MHz CPU. My virtual memory is 768 MB or this system.
    The "run-postinstall" process grew up to about 200 MB of memory after 8 hours.

    The number of installed packages should be very low. The system just operates as a file server for my multimedia (just samba).

    @nobody: I will try the 1.490 then. Thank You for that tip!

  • Jamie Cameron

    Jamie Cameron - 2010-01-05

    I've just completed a re-write of the Webmin code for getting package updates, and included it in the 1.503 development version, available from http://www.webmin.com/devel.html - this should fix these issues, as it avoids reading the complete list of available packages into RAM.


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