apport-gtk crashed with TypeError in _check_bug_pattern(): can't use a string pattern on a bytes-like object

Bug #1016380 reported by crf on 2012-06-22
This bug affects 25 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
apport (Ubuntu)
Martin Pitt

Bug Description

crashed when reporting a particular bug.
I'm using quantal.

ProblemType: Crash
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
Package: apport-gtk 2.2.5-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.4.0-5.11-generic 3.4.0
Uname: Linux 3.4.0-5-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.2.5-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CrashCounter: 1
Date: Thu Jun 21 22:51:10 2012
ExecutablePath: /usr/share/apport/apport-gtk
InterpreterPath: /usr/bin/python3.2mu
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcCmdline: /usr/bin/python3 /usr/share/apport/apport-gtk
PythonArgs: ['/usr/share/apport/apport-gtk']
SourcePackage: apport
Title: apport-gtk crashed with TypeError in _check_bug_pattern(): can't use a string pattern on a bytes-like object
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to quantal on 2012-06-18 (3 days ago)

Related branches

crf (chrisfahlman) wrote :
tags: removed: need-duplicate-check
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Edward Donovan (edward.donovan) wrote :

Here is a crash file that triggered this apport problem.

It was a dpkg run where conflicting packages provided the same file. Offhand, the crash file has a terminal log of the dpkg session, a lot of text with control characters embedded in it. I suppose these ^M's could be causing a problem of binary where text is expected. But that's probably something apport has had to deal with long before. Thanks.

Edward Donovan (edward.donovan) wrote :

Well, in addition to the speculation in my last comment being a pretty weak idea, anyway, other people managed to report that crash, bug 1017289, with apport. And I see that my crash file has lots of older bits of log in it, too. So I'll retreat to a firmer "I don't know."

Linuxexperte (andrea-koeth) wrote :

Can confirm the same thing here in Ubunt u12.10 Gnome-Shell 3.5. This came with the current update at about 20:53 CET. And in addition to this problem with apport, a second error occured referring to evince. I just reported this error referring to evince. And perhaps, these two things have to do someting with each other...but this is also speculation.


josa (johnny-sander) wrote :

Got this as apport was reporting an install problem for package compiz-gnome 1:0.9.8-bzr3249-0ubuntu1 during this mornings update using synaptic in Ubuntu Quantal.

josa (johnny-sander) wrote :

In case it can be of any use the install problem mentioned in #6 above is now reported in bug 1019145 - package compiz-gnome 1: failed to install/upgrade: trying to overwrite '/usr/share/gconf/schemas/compiz-ccp.schemas', which is also in package libcompizconfig0

Edward Donovan (edward.donovan) wrote :

I tested apport today with the crashfile I uploaded here, that originally triggered this bug for me. There was no problem, with apport-bug or apport-cli. The version of apport hasn't changed in the meantime. So I've gotten lost in the weeds.

Does anyone else have a crashfile that will reproduce this? Thanks.

Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

Seen here as well.

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
col reilly (lupinehorror) wrote :

me too...chromium opened (even though it isn't my default browser) and crash happened.

dino99 (9d9) wrote :

Got that crash on Lubuntu i386 after having selected an other crash to report.

tags: added: i386 lubuntu

Once again, I can't make this happen consistently with the same crashfile. Guessing from the names and times, the last two commenters, like me, probably had apport crash while reporting bug 1024016. A second attempt on that crashfile ran without problem. So I guess there's probably not much use in uploading it.

It looks like it's always terminal logs that apport is handling when it breaks. Thanks.

So, this looks like a python3 porting issue. According to comments like this:

what's needed is to call 're.compile' with a 'b' flag, for bytes. I'm not familiar with the code enough, to know whether we just can sprinkle that around in all the places where apport's calls 're.compile'. Does anyone have a good guess? Thanks.

Version 2.4-0ubuntu1 sounds like it fixes this:

  [ Brian Murray ]
  * data/general/ in trim_log deal with the fact that
    DpkgTerminalLog is a bytes object and convert it to a string object

Since I can't reproduce the crash, I couldn't exactly test that this bug is gone, but the code does look like the right thing, handling the dpkg terminal log with the b for bytes flag. So I'm going to mark this as Fix Released. Thanks.

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

While this may fix it for DpkgTerminalLog, the fix is not generic so if another attachment were to be a bytes object and a bug pattern were written for that attachment we would get the same crash. I think this code in apport/ needs to modified:

            if c.hasChildNodes() and c.childNodes[0].nodeType == xml.dom.Node.TEXT_NODE:
                regexp = c.childNodes[0].nodeValue
                v = report[key]
                if isinstance(v, problem_report.CompressedValue):
                    v = v.get_value()
                    regexp = regexp.encode('UTF-8')
                    re_c = re.compile(regexp)
                if not
                    return None

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Triaged
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

Edward with regards to the repeatability of this issue apport modifies the .crash file during the collection process. In we can see that collect_info is only called if the crash file is missing Dependencies and that bug patterns are checked as a part of collect_info. So only the first run of apport on a crash file would check the bug patterns and cause this crash.

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → In Progress
assignee: nobody → Brian Murray (brian-murray)

Thanks, Brian! Looking back, I sure was scratching my head a lot. I never knew this important fact:

  "apport modifies the .crash file during the collection process."


Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Fixed upstream in Thanks Brian for your original patch!

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
assignee: Brian Murray (brian-murray) → Martin Pitt (pitti)
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package apport - 2.5.2-0ubuntu1

apport (2.5.2-0ubuntu1) quantal; urgency=low

  * New upstream release:
    - Fix crash on broken .desktop files. (LP: #1039889)
    - apport-gtk: For console program crashes, say "stopped" instead of
      "closed". Add a subtitle label with a hint about hanging programs.
      Thanks Matt Price and Matthew Paul Thomas!
    - Fix crash on determination of Python module path when
      examining a crash of "python -m ...".
    - apport-kde: Fix crash with undefined QString under Python 3. Thanks
      Jonathan Riddell! (LP: #1028984)
    - Add missing "Pre-release Freeze" status. Thanks Brian
    -, _check_bug_pattern(): Fix bug pattern matching against binary
      values. Thanks Brian Murray for the original patch. (LP: #1016380)
  * debian/control: Move x-terminal-emulator dependency from apport-retrace to
    -gtk and -kde. It's those which actually spawn an X terminal for
    apport-retrace to run in, and this lessens the dependencies for
    apport-retrace on server type systems.
  * Add debian/apport.maintscript: Clean up obsolete precise conffile
    /etc/apport/native-origins.d/lts-q-backports on upgrades. (LP: #1049058)
  * data/general-hooks/ Fix PEP-8 errors.
 -- Martin Pitt <email address hidden> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:15:41 +0200

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
To post a comment you must log in.
This report contains Public information  Edit
Everyone can see this information.

Duplicates of this bug

Other bug subscribers