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Yum error: thread.error: can’t start new thread

Full error code:

[[email protected] ~]# yum install emacs

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Determining fastest mirrors
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/yum", line 29, in ?
yummain.user_main(sys.argv[1:], exit_code=True)
File "/usr/share/yum-cli/yummain.py", line 229, in user_main
errcode = main(args)
File "/usr/share/yum-cli/yummain.py", line 104, in main
result, resultmsgs = base.doCommands()
File "/usr/share/yum-cli/cli.py", line 339, in doCommands
self._getTs(needTsRemove)
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/depsolve.py", line 101, in _getTs
self._getTsInfo(remove_only)
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/depsolve.py", line 112, in _getTsInfo
pkgSack = self.pkgSack
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/__init__.py", line 591, in
pkgSack = property(fget=lambda self: self._getSacks(),
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/__init__.py", line 434, in _getSacks
self.repos.populateSack(which=repos)
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/repos.py", line 223, in populateSack
self.doSetup()
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/repos.py", line 71, in doSetup
self.ayum.plugins.run('postreposetup')
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/plugins.py", line 176, in run
func(conduitcls(self, self.base, conf, **kwargs))
File "/usr/lib/yum-plugins/fastestmirror.py", line 181, in postreposetup_hook
all_urls = FastestMirror(all_urls).get_mirrorlist()
File "/usr/lib/yum-plugins/fastestmirror.py", line 333, in get_mirrorlist
self._poll_mirrors()
File "/usr/lib/yum-plugins/fastestmirror.py", line 376, in _poll_mirrors
pollThread.start()
File "/usr/lib/python2.4/threading.py", line 416, in start
_start_new_thread(self.__bootstrap, ())
thread.error: can't start new thread
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Fix:

This error is due to the inadequate memory for yum operation. This occurs due to Yum’s fastest-mirror plugin. So, if you have a low end VPS then you may see this error often. To solve this just disable that plugin.

You can disable this plugin in 2 ways :

Login using root issue and issue this command.

vi /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/fastestmirror.conf[/code]
And change this line

enable=1[/code]
to

enable=0[/code]

OR

Login using root issue and issue this command.

yum --disableplugin=fastestmirror update[/code]

This plugin is used to find the fastest mirrors/sources available for the software so that the update/install process is quicker. To re-enable the plugin, just run the command.

yum --enableplugin=fastestmirror update[/code]
OR

change enable=1 in fastestmirror.conf file