evince crashes when trying to display print dialog when tmpdir is not writable

Bug #1032812 reported by Christopher Barrington-Leigh on 2012-08-03
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
evince (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Since yesterday, whenever I press control-p in evince, it crashes.
I'm including the dump it produces (in normal operation mode).

Description: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Release: 12.04

  Installed: 3.4.0-0ubuntu1.3
  Candidate: 3.4.0-0ubuntu1.3
  Version table:
 *** 3.4.0-0ubuntu1.3 0
        500 http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     3.4.0-0ubuntu1 0
        500 http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/main amd64 Packages

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: evince 3.4.0-0ubuntu1.3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-27.43-generic 3.2.21
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-27-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu11
Architecture: amd64
Date: Fri Aug 3 15:14:32 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Beta amd64 (20110921.2)
SourcePackage: evince
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to precise on 2012-05-10 (85 days ago)

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

This looks to be a result of the AppArmor profile:
Aug 3 12:22:50 cpbl-thinkpad kernel: [ 3642.457504] type=1400 audit(1344010970.542:28): apparmor="DENIED" operation="mknod" parent=1 profile="/usr/bin/evince" name="/altos/tmp/gtkprint_ppd_RWE5HW" pid=4689 comm="evince" requested_mask="c" denied_mask="c" fsuid=1001 ouid=1001

Granted, evince should not crash, but it looks like you are using a non-standard location for your files (maybe your TMPDIR is set to /altos/tmp?). I suggest you add this to /etc/apparmor.d/local/usr.bin.evince:
  owner /altos/tmp/** rwkl,
  owner /altos/tmp/ rw,

Then perform:
$ sudo apparmor_parser -r /etc/apparmor.d/usr.bin.evince

Please report back if this works for you.

Thanks! for your detective work.

TMPDIR is still /tmp, but

ls -la /tmp

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Aug 2 16:07 tmp -> /altos/tmp/

Yes, your solution works. Thank you!!

So, is the crashing experience a bug? Maybe I leave that for you to decide.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Babaei (babaei) wrote :

I have run into the same problem with a linked /tmp directory, and this work-around worked for me.

I have /tmp linked because of an SSD+HD configuration, which isn't all that uncommon. This really shouldn't break out-of-the-box like this. At the very least, these work-around instructions should be easier to find.

summary: - evince crashes on invoking print dialog
+ evince crashes when trying to display print dialog when tmpdir is not
+ writable
tags: removed: apparmor
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