gnome-contacts-search-provider crashed with signal 5 in g_variant_new_va()

Bug #1033262 reported by Gerhard Bogner on 2012-08-05
This bug affects 94 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
GNOME Contacts
gnome-contacts (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

 * gnome-contacts-search-provider regularly crashes.
 * This is caused by the bytestring_type.patch which is no longer required since vala 0.17.3 (see BGO: #679423)

From gnome-shell overview
- Start with a short search that brings up a list of contacts results
- Wait a second and then add a letter to the search so there are no results
- gnome-contacts-search-provider will crash.

[Regression Potential]
None, the patch was originally added to fix a FTBS, it is no longer required.

== Original Report ==

ProblemType: CrashDistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
Package: gnome-contacts
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.5.0-8.8-generic 3.5.0
Uname: Linux 3.5.0-8-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.4-0ubuntu6
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sun Aug 5 20:37:47 2012
ExecutablePath: /usr/lib/gnome-contacts/gnome-contacts-search-providerInstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release amd64 (20100429)
ProcCmdline: /usr/lib/gnome-contacts/gnome-contacts-search-providerSignal: 5SourcePackage: gnome-contacts
 ?? () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
 ?? () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
 ?? () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
 g_variant_new_va () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
 g_variant_new () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
Title: gnome-contacts-search-provider crashed with signal 5 in g_variant_new_va()
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to quantal on 2012-07-13 (23 days ago)
UserGroups: adm admin cdrom dialout lpadmin plugdev sambashare users
 gnome-session[2148]: WARNING: Failed to start app: Unable to start application: Failed to execute child process "gnome-power-manager" (No such file or directory)
 (process:2512): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.

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Gerhard Bogner (bogi788) wrote :

 g_variant_valist_new_nnp (str=0x7ffff864e758, ptr=0x0) at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.33.6/./glib/gvariant.c:4051
 g_variant_valist_new_leaf (app=0x7ffff864e788, str=0x7ffff864e758) at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.33.6/./glib/gvariant.c:4207
 g_variant_valist_new (str=str@entry=0x7ffff864e758, app=app@entry=0x7ffff864e788) at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.33.6/./glib/gvariant.c:4389
 g_variant_valist_new (str=str@entry=0x7ffff864e758, app=app@entry=0x7ffff864e788) at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.33.6/./glib/gvariant.c:4441
 g_variant_new_va (format_string=0x422e9a "ay)", endptr=0x0, app=0x7ffff864e788) at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.33.6/./glib/gvariant.c:4598

Changed in gnome-contacts (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
tags: removed: need-amd64-retrace
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-contacts (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: raring
tags: added: bugpattern-needed
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2013-03-30
information type: Private → Public
Changed in gnome-contacts:
importance: Unknown → High
status: Unknown → New
Osik (stefan-tollkuehn) wrote :

This also happens under 13.04 x64.

Tim Lunn (darkxst) wrote :

This is caused by the type change introduced by, bytestring_type.patch

From the changelog it seems that patch was added as a workaround for an introspection bug, hopefully that might have been fixed in the latest g-i.

Tim Lunn (darkxst) on 2013-06-07
description: updated
Tim Lunn (darkxst) on 2013-06-08
description: updated
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2013-06-08
Changed in gnome-contacts (Ubuntu Raring):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-contacts - 3.8.2-0ubuntu2

gnome-contacts (3.8.2-0ubuntu2) saucy; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/bytestring_type.patch: Dropped, no longer needed
    (LP: #1033262)
 -- Tim Lunn <email address hidden> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:54:14 +1000

Changed in gnome-contacts (Ubuntu Saucy):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in gnome-contacts:
status: New → Unknown
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Uploaded to the Raring queue. The crash popups for this bug have been pretty annoying so I'm glad to see this is being fixed!

Changed in gnome-contacts (Ubuntu Raring):
status: Triaged → In Progress

Hello Gerhard, or anyone else affected,

Accepted gnome-contacts into raring-proposed. The package will build now and be available at in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested, and change the tag from verification-needed to verification-done. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at . Thank you in advance!

Changed in gnome-contacts (Ubuntu Raring):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
Tim Lunn (darkxst) wrote :

Tested with updated package from -proposed, can no longer reproduce the crash using test case.

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed

The verification of this Stable Release Update has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regresssions.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-contacts - 3.6.2-0ubuntu2.1

gnome-contacts (3.6.2-0ubuntu2.1) raring; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/bytestring_type.patch: Dropped, no longer needed and
    causes the contacts search provider for GNOME Shell to crash (LP: #1033262)
 -- Tim Lunn <email address hidden> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:03:13 +1000

Changed in gnome-contacts (Ubuntu Raring):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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