CentOS 6.3 experiences segmentation faults and crashes during install

You may see this error during a custom CentOS 6.3 install:

Anaconda died after receiving signal 6

Additionally, random segmentation faults on an already installed system may appear if you happen to get past this.

The solution is to add the following kernel parameter


to the installer.

To do this, on the initial installer bootup screen, highlight the installation method you want, for example, "Install system with basic video driver", and then press [TAB]. From there, you can add the kernel parameter.

After the system is installed, you will also need to add this parameter to /boot/grub/grub.conf

The following is an example grub.conf kernel entry:

title CentOS (2.6.32-279.5.2.el6.x86_64)
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-279.5.2.el6.x86_64 ro root=UUID=<UUID> nomodeset rd_NO_LUKS  KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us LANG=en_US.UTF-8 rd_NO_MD SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 crashkernel=auto rd_NO_LVM rd_NO_DM rhgb quiet transparent_hugepage=never
        initrd /boot/initramfs-2.6.32-279.5.2.el6.x86_64.img

Notice the transparent_hugepage=never parameter tacked onto the end of the long kernel line.