[natty-alpha3] [LiveCD] compiz crash on boot, unity fails to start, installation impossible

Bug #729597 reported by jerrylamos on 2011-03-05
This bug affects 11 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
Fix Released
Rob Taylor
compiz (Ubuntu)
Rob Taylor
unity (Ubuntu)
Rob Taylor

Bug Description

Binary package hint: compiz

Compiz crash on assertion failure. "Apport does not report on this type of failure"
Occurs just after boot. This is Acer aspire 1 netbook which runs Unity 3D

I have seen this type of failure on Compaq Presario ati radeon xpress 200 which runs Unity 3D


ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: compiz 1:0.9.4-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-5.32-generic 2.6.38-rc6
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-5-generic i686
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,mousepoll,vpswitch,regex,animation,snap,expo,move,compiztoolbox,place,grid,imgpng,gnomecompat,wall,ezoom,workarounds,staticswitcher,resize,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,scale,session,unityshell]
CompositorRunning: compiz
 status: connected
 enabled: enabled
 dpms: On
 modes: 1024x600
 status: disconnected
 enabled: disabled
 dpms: Off
Date: Sat Mar 5 06:58:59 2011
DistUpgraded: Fresh install
DistroCodename: natty
DistroVariant: ubuntu
 Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:a011] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0349]
   Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0349]
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha i386 (20110228.1)
InstallationMedia_: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha i386 (20110228.1)
MachineType: Acer AOD255E
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-5-generic root=UUID=9490ee56-c0d0-43a0-9a90-be4d0aeb2088 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
ProcVersionSignature_: Ubuntu 2.6.38-5.32-generic 2.6.38-rc6
Renderer: Unknown
SourcePackage: compiz
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
dmi.bios.date: 12/16/2010
dmi.bios.vendor: Acer
dmi.bios.version: V3.12(DDR3)
dmi.board.asset.tag: Base Board Asset Tag
dmi.board.name: JE02_PT
dmi.board.vendor: Acer
dmi.board.version: V3.12(DDR3)
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: Acer
dmi.chassis.version: V3.12(DDR3)
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAcer:bvrV3.12(DDR3):bd12/16/2010:svnAcer:pnAOD255E:pvrV3.12(DDR3):rvnAcer:rnJE02_PT:rvrV3.12(DDR3):cvnAcer:ct10:cvrV3.12(DDR3):
dmi.product.name: AOD255E
dmi.product.version: V3.12(DDR3)
dmi.sys.vendor: Acer
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.4-0ubuntu3
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.23-1ubuntu3
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 7.10.1~git20110215.cc1636b6-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg: xserver-xorg 1:7.6~3ubuntu9
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.0-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.14.0-4ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20110107+b795ca6e-0ubuntu5

jerrylamos (jerrylamos) wrote :
Eugene San (eugenesan) on 2011-03-09
summary: - Natty A3 compiz crash on boot
+ [natty] Alpha3 compiz crash on boot
Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

Segfaults also on Intel g945 and g965.
Daily snapshots from 8Mar2011 are still affected.

tags: added: casper unity
Eugene San (eugenesan) on 2011-03-09
summary: - [natty] Alpha3 compiz crash on boot
+ [natty-alpha3] [LiveCD] compiz crash on boot, unity fails to start,
+ installation impossible
tags: added: iso-testing
Hansen (moteprime) wrote :

I have his bug alpha testing Natty on Asus eee 1005P.

Starting live session of Natty alpha 3, two out of 3 time i get:
Sorry, the program "Compiz" closed unexpectedly .
Your computer does not have enough memory to automatically analyze the problem and send a report to the developers.

The 1 out of the 3 times i get a desktop with functioning Unity. (i dont know if its 3D)

As far as i have been able to figure out googling, the Asus eee 1005p uses "Integrated Intel GMA 3150 Graphics Controller"

lspci reports:
mads@mads-1005P:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation N10 Family DMI Bridge
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)

Alex Launi (alexlauni) on 2011-03-09
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-03-11
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-03-17
tags: added: unity-priority
Eugene San (eugenesan) wrote :

Daily Live from 17mar2011 is no more affected.

I am planning marking bug as fixed, anyone one still experience the error?

Changed in casper:
status: New → Fix Released
Hansen (moteprime) wrote :

I am on desktop i386 iso date 17. march. haven't seen the bug yet.

Rob Taylor (robtaylor) on 2011-03-21
Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Rob Taylor (robtaylor)
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Rob Taylor (robtaylor)
Changed in unity:
assignee: nobody → Rob Taylor (robtaylor)
Rob Taylor (robtaylor) wrote :

This is proving a difficult one to catch. If you see this regularly happening, and you're feeling brave, please try this:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/compiz.desktop
and change the line



Exec=compiz --debug

Then, when you see the bug occur, please paste the contents of ~/.xsession-errors here.


Rob Taylor (robtaylor) wrote :

I've managed to log this compiz crash. Unfortunatly it's rather tricky to reproduce - it almost always happens for the first login, then works from then on. I managed to reproduce it by creating new users and logging into them until the issue reappeared.

Log of .xsession-errors with gnome-session in debug mode is attached.

Rob Taylor (robtaylor) wrote :

As this crash is a bug in plugin load, attached is a work around patch that registers compiz with the session manager *before* loading the plugins. Hence if a crash does occur during plugin load, the session manager should restart us.

Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
tags: added: patch
jerrylamos (jerrylamos) wrote :

27 March Daily Build USB key booted O.K. on the Acer. The failure in this bug 729597 did not occur, so I assume it's fixed.

I also didn't get a ubiquity failure on boot, #742102, is it related to the patch in Brian Murray's post 2011-03-24?

Starting Install gets failure with Ubiquity code 10 which is a different bug, #742125.

Thanks for the patch.


David Barth (dbarth) on 2011-03-28
tags: removed: unity-priority
Neil J. Patel (njpatel) on 2011-03-31
Changed in unity:
milestone: none → 3.8.2
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-04-01
Changed in unity:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package unity - 3.8.2-0ubuntu1

unity (3.8.2-0ubuntu1) natty; urgency=low

  * New upstream release.
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in std::_List_node_base::_M_hook()
      (LP: #711916)
    - New window tracking system breaks in the case where windows try to
      restack relative to destroyed windows that were never mapped
      (LP: #723014)
    - does not display icons until hovered (LP: #726033)
    - Unity Launcher has black spaces where icons should be (LP: #729353)
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in sigc::internal::signal_emit0<void,
      sigc::nil>::emit() (LP: #729715)
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in SimpleLauncherIcon::OnIconThemeChanged()
      (LP: #741652)
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in free() (LP: #738864)
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in g_closure_invoke() (LP: #741674)
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in free() (LP: #742300)
    - Unity can't get touch the touch initialization signals from GEIS
      (LP: #742555)
    - Windows that reparent away from the root before they are mapped can
      cause other windows to become invisible (and compiz to crash)
      (LP: #743011)
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in gdk_cairo_set_source_pixbuf()
      (LP: #744231)
    - [dash] Keyboard navigation not implemented as specified (LP: #608132)
    - xterms broken in unity (LP: #692463)
    - Unity opens application menu on Alt+F10 shortcut (LP: #722674)
    - First four items in Dash begin "Find" "Find" "Find" "Find" (LP: #729002)
    - Increase the size of the top left Launcher reveal area from 1px to a
      slightly larger triangle that comes out of the top left corner
      (LP: #736034)
    - Add a test case for invisible windows regressions (LP: #736876)
    - Re-sync with xquerytree to avoid stacking order issues (LP: #740465)
    - Keyboard navigation: quicklist not opening for Trash launcher item
      (LP: #741793)
    - Wrong window moves (LP: #741656)
    - compiz crashed with SIGSEGV in
      SimpleLauncherIcon::ActivateLauncherIcon() (LP: #742110)
    - Combo in the search bar did not disappear after the places was closed
      (LP: #742712)
    - Expo doesn't quit reliably when using keynav or shortcut (LP: #744196)
    - Make the BFB icon turn blue when an application goes urgent
      (LP: #744973)
    - Launcher - increase "launcher reveal %" for 'Fade and slide' launcher
      reveal transition to 65% (LP: #745602)
    - Arrows do not fade out with rest of launcher durring DND (LP: #746811)
    - Don't create windows over the launcher (LP: #688816)
    - Launcher - Indicate which application is currently focused with a
      glowing Launcher icon (LP: #676604)
    - Unity Grid is broken for multi-monitor setups (LP: #709221)
    - dynamic quicklists are not working (LP: #729074)
    - When windows open for the first time they should not hide the launcher
      (LP: #723878)
    - it is still possible to quit unity from the panel (LP: #733725)
    - Selection does not fit small icons in Unity Dash (LP: #735746)
    - Unmounting media gives no error when failed (LP: #737633)
    - ATI/fglrx workaround patch (LP: #740298)
    - "Files & Folders" tooltip say...


Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

[From comments looks like this should be closed as fixed, but the compiz task was missed. If there is indeed some compiz work still needed please review, reopen, and clarify.]

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