apport should ensure description is less than 50k characters

Bug #957326 reported by Brian Murray on 2012-03-16
This bug affects 1 person
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apport (Ubuntu)
Martin Pitt

Bug Description

I was trying to report a bug regarding update-manager and distribution upgrade from lucid to precise and received and oops report from Launchpad when trying to report the bug.

The oops can be found at

Apparently there is limit of 50,000 characters on the description.

11:20 < rick_h> bdmurray: so it looks like LP is rejecting it because the description on the bug report is > 50000 characters long

No matter what I put for the bug description was I able to file the bug report. I think because the data apport had uploaded was making the description longer than the limit. I'll attach the apport "crash" report.

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Martin Pitt (pitti)
Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2012-03-18
Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Indeed, update-manager adds a field which looks like

Install: sound-theme-freedesktop:amd64 (0.7-0ubuntu3, automatic), libdpkg-perl:amd64 (, automat
ic), libgconf-2-4:amd64 (3.2.5-0ubuntu1, automatic), python-keyring:amd64 (0.7.1-1fakesync1, automatic), libsws
cale2:amd64 (0.8-1ubuntu2, automatic), libpam-winbind:amd64 (3.6.3-1ubuntu1, automatic), libcdio13:amd64 (0.83-
1, automatic), libmodplug1:amd64 (, automatic), libecryptfs0:amd64 (96-0ubuntu2, automatic), libtokyoc
abinet8:amd64 (1.4.37-6.1build1, automatic), [..]

and is a huge line. I'll fix ProblemReport to not show these inline.

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Fixed in trunk r2238.

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package apport - 1.95-0ubuntu1

apport (1.95-0ubuntu1) precise; urgency=low

  [ Martin Pitt ]
  * New upstream release:
    - apport-gtk, apport-kde: When reporting a "system crash", don't say "...
      of this program version", but "...of this type", as we don't show a
      program version in the initial dialog
      ( (LP: #961065)
    -, write_mime(): Do not put a key inline if it is bigger
      than 1 kB, to guard against very long lines. (LP: #957326)
    - etc/cron.daily/apport: Do not remove whoopsie's *.upload* stamps every
      day, only if they are older than a week. whoopsie comes with its own
      cron job which deals with them. Thanks Steve Langasek. (LP: #957102)
    -, mark_ignore(): Fix crash if executable went away underneath
      us. (LP: #961410)
    - apport-gtk: Do not compare current continue button label against a
      translated string. Instead just remember whether or not we can restart
      the application. (LP: #960439)
    -, command_output(): Add option to keep the locale instead of
      disabling it.
    -, command_output(): Actually make the "input" parameter
      work, instead of causing an eternal hang. Add tests for all possible
      modes of operation.
    - Change root_command_output() and
      attach_root_command_outputs() to disable translated messages
      (LC_MESSAGES=C) only as part of the command to be run, not already for
      the root prefix command. This will keep the latter (gksu, kdesudo, etc.)
      translated. (LP: #961659)
    - apport-gtk: Cut off text values after 4000 characters, as Gtk's TreeView
      does not get along well with huge values. KDE's copes fine, so continue
      to display the complete value there. (LP: #957062)
    - apport-gtk: Make details window resizable in bug reporting mode.
    -, known(): Check the address signature duplicate database if
      the symbolic signature exists, but did not find any result. (LP: #103083)
    - Run anonymization after checking for duplicates, to prevent host
      or user names which look like hex numbers to corrupt the stack trace.
      (LP: #953104)
    - apport-gtk: Require an application to both have TERM and SHELL in its
      environment to consider it a command line application that was started
      by the user. (LP: #962130)
    - backends/, _check_files_md5(): Fix double encoding,
      which caused UnicodeDecodeErrors on non-ASCII characters in an md5sum
      file. (LP: #953682)
    - apport-kde, apport-gtk: Only show "Relaunch" if the report has a
      ProcCmdline, otherwise we cannot restart it. (LP: #956173)
    - apport-gtk, apport-kde: Show the ExecutablePath while we're collecting
      data for the crash report. Thanks Evan Dandrea. (LP: #938707).
  * debian/copyright: Change to copyright format 1.0.
  * debian/control: Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.3.

  [ Brian Murray ]
  * data/general-hooks/ use main.log to determine UpgradeStatus not
    apt.log (LP: #886111)
 -- Martin Pitt <<email address hidden>...


Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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