When starting I got message "Fatal process out of memory: Failed to reserve memory for new V8 IsolateFatal process out of memory: Failed to reserve memory for new V8 Iso"

Applies to chromium and google-chrome after version 79. Version 79 still runs fine, but I had to downgrade manually to get a working version...

Any idea what I can do ? By the way, this is not a RAM problem:

free -h total utilisé libre partagé tamp/cache disponible Mem: 22Gi 4,1Gi 12Gi 597Mi 6,4Gi 17Gi Partition d'échange: 23Gi 0B 23Gi

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    Please clarify your release. The closest is Ubuntu Core 20 as specialist snap based releases use the yy format, unlike yy.mm used by server & desktops releases, but your question (talk about browsers) seem to be more a standard yy.mm release not a yy release.
    – guiverc
    Nov 12, 2020 at 10:27
  • Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS, however issue is solved. Thanks Nov 12, 2020 at 23:45

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OK, i will respond my own question. I found out that the problem was caused by a setting in /etc/security/limits.conf . I had limited the max memory to 8GB for my user ! It seems that chrome and chromium cannot run with less than 8GB ?? Which seems weird to me.... is this a "feature" or a "bug" in chromium ?

  • I had similar problem. I disable some access that I do not understand why Chromium has to have and it did not start. Nov 13, 2020 at 10:52

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