Unity8 shows black screen with Qt 5.4.0

Bug #1403758 reported by Timo Jyrinki on 2014-12-18
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
binutils (Ubuntu)
gcc-defaults (Ubuntu)
qtbase-opensource-src (Ubuntu)
ubuntu-ui-toolkit (Ubuntu)
unity8 (Ubuntu)
Albert Astals Cid

Bug Description

With bug #1403511 taken care of in Qt, apps do not anymore crash with Qt 5.4 and device does not anymore go into reboot loop. However, nothing is visible on the screen.

It seems unity8, unity8-dash etc are all running. unity8.log attached

Relevant upstream links referring GCC5 as the reason to require -fPIC:

Related branches

Timo Jyrinki (timo-jyrinki) wrote :
Albert Astals Cid (aacid) wrote :

I've been investigating this today and there's at leat two separate issues:

**Only** on the phone you get the log Timo attaches (or something along the lines). That is caused by QQmlPropertyValidator::canCoerce failing. I've talked to Simon Haussmann from Qt Company and the situation we have (two QQmlPropertyCache with different pointer but same QMetaObject pointer) is technically impossible, yet we're having it, if o change that function to do

    while (fromMo && toMo) {
        if (fromMo->metaObject() && toMo->metaObject() && fromMo->metaObject()->className() == toMo->metaObject()->className())
            return true;
        fromMo = fromMo->parent();

instead of the original loop comparing toMo and fromMo i can workaround the bug (but this is just a hacky) and get to the next bug

On the desktop (or on the phone after workarounding the first issue), you will get errors saying
"Unable to assign QSortFilterProxyModelQML to QSortFilterProxyModelQML"

These errors seem to be caused somehow by Ubuntu.Components since if i un-import it, they go away. You can also workaround them by changing the code from
  property SortFilterProxyModel categories: categoryFilter
  property var categories: categoryFilter

Which you could even argue it's better code in some cases, but still we need to investigate why it's happening.

In summary, there's two bugs:
 Bug #1 only happen on the phone (probably because of ARM)
 Bug #2 is triggered by importing Ubuntu.Components

Both need investigation. I'll continue tomorrow if noone beats me to it :D

Zsombor Egri (zsombi) wrote :

Checking how the type is exported - and all related types to that one - I see a potential bug in UITK. The way is exported to 1.1 version is wrong:

 qmlRegisterType<QSortFilterProxyModelQML>(uri, 1, 1, "SortFilterModel");

And it should be

 qmlRegisterType<QSortFilterProxyModelQML, 1>(uri, 1, 1, "SortFilterModel")

More, as the type is supposed to be used only with version 1.1 and above, all properties/slots/signals would need to be revisioned correctly.

Albert Astals Cid (aacid) wrote :

Oh, the SDK has a QSortFilterProxyModelQML too?

Now I see why are we getting this error now, we have one in Unity8 too and that's why it is getting confused. It is a regression against Qt 5.3 but i'm not sure it's totally QMLs fault to be honest :D

Albert Astals Cid (aacid) wrote :

So second bug is https://bugreports.qt-project.org/browse/QTBUG-43463 but tbh I can see them marking this just as a won't fix.

Timo Jyrinki (timo-jyrinki) wrote :

Long discussions about #qt-labs, mostly between tsdgeos and tronical, about various things. Summarizing:

* <+tronical> tsdgeos: so I think something is wrong with the unit8 binary, my _guess_ is that it isn't built with -fPIC
-> it is built with -fPIC (and -fPIE, also asked about, "ok, that looks good")
* <+tronical> oh wait, there used to be a gcc ARM bug with copy relocations that affected this <+tronical> tsdgeos: could it be that qtbase 5.3 was built with -reduce-relocations and now it isn't anymore?
-> no, both 5.3 and 5.4 built _with_ -reduce-relocations
* binutils has had bugs, Ubuntu has the version with fixes
* -Bsymbolic-functions is system wide default in Ubuntu
-> "well, it explains where that comes from. it doesn't explain why the relocation in unit8 resolved to the wrong address"
* <+tronical> peppe, Mirv, tsdgeos: I realize that this is unrelated to -Bsymbolic-functions because this isn't about functions but a global symbol/variable
* <+tronical> peppe, Mirv, tsdgeos: this particular problem is new and different. QObject::staticMetaObject is a global symbol and here it resolves to two different addresses
* <+tronical> tsdgeos: still there? I have an idea how we may be able to find out where that bad pointer is coming from (it may not necessarily by the unity8 binary)

...to be continued.

Albert Astals Cid (aacid) wrote :

Second bug (i.e. not starting in the desktop) should be fixed by https://code.launchpad.net/~aacid/unity8/unitySortFilterProxyQML/+merge/245198

First bug still under investigation as Timo reports ↑↑

Timo Jyrinki (timo-jyrinki) wrote :

Trying to represent the meaningful parts of the rest of the discussion below.

<+tronical> tsdgeos: in QQmlEnginePrivate::registerBaseTypes can you insert a qDebug() << "QObject::staticMetaObject is at" <<
&QObject::staticMetaObject; ?
<+tronical> tsdgeos: if we get the wrong address there, then maybe we have a miscompilation of QtQml somehow
< tsdgeos> tronical: yeah it's wrong there
<+tronical> tsdgeos: ok, that means there's something wrong with libQt5Qml.so
< tsdgeos> removing -O2 didn't help
<+tronical> ok, that dump looks sane though
<+tronical> in particular QObject::staticMetaObject is referenced through a R_ARM_GOT32 relocation
<+tronical> can you paste the output of objdump -TRDC /path/to/unity8 ?
< tsdgeos> yes
< tsdgeos> tronical: http://paste.ubuntu.com/9570566/
<+tronical> aha!!
<+tronical> this one has indeed a copy relocation to QObject::staticMetaObject, which it shouldn't have if it's compiled with -fPIE I think

(... -fPIE is in use ...)

<+tronical> tsdgeos: _some_ source code in the unity8 sources references QObject::staticMetaObject
<+tronical> tsdgeos: in that .o file the reference to QObject::staticMetaObject should be through the procedure linkage table, but in your case it must be an absolute reference/relocation, which will cause the linker in turn to create a so-called copy relocation for unity8 as binary. I think it shouldn't have that
< tsdgeos> builddir/tests/mocks/Unity/Indicators/moc_sharedunitymenumodel.cpp: { &QObject::staticMetaObject, qt_meta_stringdata_SharedUnityMenuModel.data,
<+tronical> oh, that's just a test
<+tronical> still, ok, suppose it were valid, then the other question is why when loading the plugin that has QSortFilterProxyModelQML the reference to QObject::staticMetaObject isn't changed to point to the copy relocation
<+tronical> tsdgeos: could you try running your app with LD_DEBUG=bindings,symbols and collect the output? it's going to be a lot, so you could email it if it's too big for a paste
< tsdgeos> sent
<+tronical> tsdgeos: the ld output looks ok but I don't understand yet why the one file that has the QSortFilterProxyModelQML isn't relocated correctly
<+tronical> tsdgeos: that comes from libunity8-private.so, right?
<+tronical> tsdgeos: I have to leave. let's look at this early next year :)

Michał Sawicz (saviq) on 2015-01-05
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → High
assignee: nobody → Albert Astals Cid (aacid)
Albert Astals Cid (aacid) wrote :

After reverting the patch we have in qtbase that enables Bsymbolic/reduce-relocations for arm, it is back to working.

So this needs someone that understands compiler/linker stuff to have a look. If we want to keep that patch in. Or remove the use of reduce-relocations in arm

Changed in qtbase-opensource-src (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Committed
Changed in ubuntu-ui-toolkit (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Michał Sawicz (saviq) on 2015-01-09
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
JACQUELINE (ijdisabest) on 2015-01-30
Changed in qtbase-opensource-src (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Confirmed
Changed in qtbase-opensource-src (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package qtbase-opensource-src - 5.4.0+dfsg-4ubuntu2

qtbase-opensource-src (5.4.0+dfsg-4ubuntu2) vivid; urgency=medium

  [ Timo Jyrinki ]
  * New upstream release.
  * debian/patches/qimage_conversions.cpp-Fix-little-endian-build.patch:
    - Fix PowerPC build (LP: #1400244)
  * Remove patches:
    - debian/patches/Always-lock-the-DBus-dispatcher-before-dbus_connecti.patch
    - debian/patches/Don-t-always-chmod-the-XDG_RUNTIME_DIR.patch
    - debian/patches/Fix-crash-in-QNetworkAccessCacheBackend-closeDownstr.patch
    - debian/patches/Partially-revert-Fix-a-deadlock-introduced-by-the-ra.patch
    - debian/patches/QDBusConnection-Merge-the-dispatch-and-the-watch-and.patch
    - debian/patches/Report-the-system-error-on-why-chmod-2-failed-in-XDG.patch
    - debian/patches/Reset-QNAM-s-NetworkConfiguration-when-state-changes.patch
    - debian/patches/Support-dual-sim-in-QtBearer-s-networkmanager-backen.patch
    - debian/patches/Use-a-property-cache-to-cut-down-on-blocking-calls.patch
    - debian/patches/dbus_correct_signal_name_disconnect.patch
    - debian/patches/fix_bug_in_internal_comparison_operator.patch
    - debian/patches/fix_sparc_atomics.patch
    - debian/patches/prefer_qpa_for_systemtrayicon.patch
    - debian/patches/update-QtBearer-NetworkManager-backend-API.patch
  * Include the networkmanager backend changes from 5.4.1
  * Bump ABI version to 5.4.0
  * debian/patches/Resolve-GLES3-functions-from-the-shared-lib.patch
    - Fix usage on OpenGL ES2 platforms (LP: #1403511)
  * Sync with Debian 5.4.0+dfsg-4
  * debian/patches/enable-tests.patch:
    - Refresh and enable for 5.4.0 (LP: #1403582)
    - Disable the tests for new QStorageInfo class which partially fail
    - Disable some widgets tests that fail (desktop only)
    - Disable one qlogging test
  * Drop reduce-relocations option from configure, since it causes black screen
    for Unity8 on armhf because of linking problems. Comment out the related
    revert of earlier upstream commit. (LP: #1403758)
  * debian/patches/Add-C++11-if-available-for-QVariant-autotest.patch
    - Fix tst_qvariant (LP: #1408273)

  [ Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak ]
  * debian/patches/enable_pie.patch:
    - Add fix for QObject::connect failing on ARM

qtbase-opensource-src (5.4.0+dfsg-4) experimental; urgency=medium

  * debian/patches/bsd_statfs.diff: Third attempt to fix the build
    failure on kfreebsd.
  * Update symbols files for mips.

qtbase-opensource-src (5.4.0+dfsg-3) experimental; urgency=medium

  * More debian/copyright updates.
  * Do not ship htmlinfo example which contains non-free HTML pages.
  * Drop remove_icon_from_example.patch and remove_google_adsense.patch,
    no longer needed with the above change.
  * Update symbols files with buildds’ logs.
  * debian/patches/bsd_statfs.diff: Second attempt to fix the build

qtbase-opensource-src (5.4.0+dfsg-2) experimental; urgency=medium

  * Add a patch to fix qstorageinfo_unix.cpp build on kFreeBSD.
  * Add a patch to fix qimage_conversions.cpp build on big endian
  * Update symbols files with buildds’ logs.

qtbase-opensource-src (5.4.0+dfsg-1) experimental; ur...


Changed in qtbase-opensource-src (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Timo Jyrinki (timo-jyrinki) wrote :

This still happens on current wily. Using the -reduce-relocations option plus opting to use it on arm (upstream still carries a patch that disables symbolic function binding on non-x86) causes the Unity 8 to just show black screen.

description: updated
Timo Jyrinki (timo-jyrinki) wrote :

With some more building, it seems compiling qtbase with GCC5 does not help in enabling the upstream (now default in Qt 5.5 & 5.4.2) patches, bringing back the -Bsymbolic for armhf and using the -reduce-relocations option. The symptoms are similar with this qtbase compiled with GCC5. I've saved the compilation at https://launchpad.net/~timo-jyrinki/+archive/ubuntu/qt-reduce-relocations and attaching unity8.log (with "Cannot assign object to list").

Timo Jyrinki (timo-jyrinki) wrote :

Just omitting "-reduce-relocations" doesn't change anything. For reference, http://paste.ubuntu.com/11431050/ lists the changes that I tried first - enabling the four commented out patches, modifying the enable_pie.patch accordingly which is actually also from upstream even though listed as being Ubuntu specific, and adding the gcc5.patch.

Timo Jyrinki (timo-jyrinki) wrote :

This seems resolved for now. We're using fPIC, but not -reduce-relocations (-Bsymbolic) on armhf, and with the latest upstream Qt 5.4.2 defaults backported to 5.4.1 everything seems in order, for now at least. This may need to be revisited with Qt 5.5.0 and/or GCC5.

description: updated
Changed in gcc-defaults (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in binutils (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Timo Jyrinki (timo-jyrinki) wrote :

Just to collect information in this bug, the fPIC requirement and fPIE banning in Qt now is because of this: https://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=65886

This bug originally however is about a problem that shows up when that related Bsymbolic option is enabled on armhf too. This needed forcing but we forced it at one point since it was believed the toolchain bug was fixed. However, for now it remains disabled on non-x86 (the default of Qt upstream) because of the persisting bug, but it may be re-enabled later if the bug is resolved.

The toolchain bug (fPIC + Bsymbolic misbehaving on arm) is last described at https://bugreports.qt.io/browse/QTBUG-47350

affects: unity8 → binutils
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