Opened 8 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

Last modified 8 years ago

#13318 closed defect (duplicate)

Seg Fault with Finch and Pidgin 2.4.3 on Debian Lenny 5.0.4 VM

Reported by: alharaka Owned by:
Milestone: Component: libpurple
Version: 2.4.3 Keywords: finch, segfault, debian-stable


I am running a Debian VM on my ESXi box for day to day work. I have been reliably using Finch, with debs a la APT, for months now. Yesterday, that all seemed to change. I got seg faults restarting it with screen, and finally figure out finch was the problem. I also tried Pidgin out of curiosity, and it is borked too. I tried purge the packages and reinstalling, including updates for all dependent packages, but that did not help either. I got pidgin-dbg with APT now, and below are the backtraces. Any thoughts?

Attachments (3)

finch-backtrace.log (5.1 KB) - added by alharaka 8 years ago.
GDB Backtrace Log from Finch
pidgin-backtrace.log (6.9 KB) - added by alharaka 8 years ago.
GDB Backtrace Log from Pidgin
accounts.xml (1.7 KB) - added by alharaka 8 years ago.

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Change History (6)

Changed 8 years ago by alharaka

GDB Backtrace Log from Finch

Changed 8 years ago by alharaka

GDB Backtrace Log from Pidgin

comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by alharaka

  • Version changed from 2.7.9 to 2.4.3

Woops, forgot to change the version number in the ticket.

comment:2 follow-up: Changed 8 years ago by alharaka

  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed

Well I'll be damned. I was investigating this in my downtime at work. I had noticed another pair of tickets with similar symptoms, #13100 and I have discovered by examining those this is another clear case of PEBKAC. I ran strace as root to figure it out, then accidentally ran finch as root without closing out the elevated terminal. Surprise, surprise, it worked. So I returned to my user account and discovered that it was my configuration, just like those all Linux superstars in the other ticket threads. Can I ask why it caused a crash though? I am new to debugging in Linux environments, so I am really curious. I have attached my accounts.xml, since that is the only thing I would have willingly modified within finch. I left finch as is, installed no plugs in for Pidgin (installed by default with Debian GNOME package group; I did not even execute it until debugging for this ticket). Let me know if something else in my profile is worth checking out or sending to you guys. I am impressed this causes a segfault.

Changed 8 years ago by alharaka

comment:3 in reply to: ↑ 2 Changed 8 years ago by alharaka

Replying to alharaka: Excuse my fingers. I obviously meant #13104 and #13100.

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