note about "Enabling Swap Space [OK]" installation
Quick note - this is not a question, but something that I finally found the (or at least an) answer to and thought I'd share. No reply is needed, but hey, if it sparks a discussion, no problem there either. :)
I was installing Redhat 9, and after installation was complete, on the first boot all was going fine until I got to
Enabling Swap Space [OK]
So it looked like that step went fine, but nothing printed to the screen after that. It just hung. I waited for like 30 minutes or more one time thinking maybe I was being impatient, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't going anywhere.
I did some google searches and found numerous reports of this, mostly with Redhat 7.x, with little to no conclusive suggestions.
It turned out in my case, I had created *too small* a swap file. I am installing on an old machine with only 128 MB RAM, and I'd seen places say that about 50% more swap than RAM is a good rule of thumb, so I used about 200 MB swap. I'm not sure if it was the enabling swap space was choking on this, or if it was actually the next step (INIT 5 - enter graphical login mode) that was choking because it didn't have enough memory or virtual memory to work with. I reinstalled and bumped my swap partition up to 360 MB and all went well.