Apport hook breaks with Pyhton2 due to non-ASCII character

Bug #919956 reported by Thomas Schweikle on 2012-01-22
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
grub2 (Ubuntu)
Brian Murray

Bug Description

$ ubuntu-bug grub2

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..ERROR: hook /usr/share/apport/package-hooks// crashed:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apport/", line 692, in add_hooks_info
    execfile(hook, symb)
  File "/usr/share/apport/package-hooks//", line 30
SyntaxError: Non-ASCII character '\xe2' in file /usr/share/apport/package-hooks// on line 30, but no encoding declared; see for details

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ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: apport 1.23-0ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-14.23-server 3.0.9
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-14-server x86_64
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sun Jan 22 11:58:41 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Server 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64 (20101007)
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: apport
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Thomas Schweikle (tps) wrote :
Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

       # GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash nomodeset”

It's the fancy quotes which are not ASCII, and make Python 2 trip. As most of Apport uses Python 3 these days, it's not a biggie, but apport-collect is still python2 (due to missing python3-launchpadlib), so we should fix this.

affects: apport (Ubuntu) → grub2 (Ubuntu)
Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
summary: - apport doesn't function for various pacakges -- breaking with python
- errors
+ Apport hook breaks with Pyhton2 due to non-ASCII character
Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :


$ python2 /usr/share/apport/package-hooks//
  File "/usr/share/apport/package-hooks//", line 33
SyntaxError: Non-ASCII character '\xe2' in file /usr/share/apport/package-hooks// on line 33, but no encoding declared; see for details

Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Turns out it's already fixed in the packaging bzr, I committed the bug ref to the changelog. Brian, can this be uploaded soon?

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Brian Murray (brian-murray)
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

Its in the queue now, thanks for the reminder.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package grub2 - 1.99-22ubuntu2

grub2 (1.99-22ubuntu2) quantal; urgency=low

  [ Brian Murray ]
  * use attach_default_grub from apport's hookutils
    This also fixes the missing encoding statement if the file contains
    non-ASCII characters. (LP: #919956)
 -- Brian Murray <email address hidden> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 08:59:05 -0700

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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