Mythtv frontend stuck in restart loop (code 139) after update to Ubuntu 16.10

Bug #1633871 reported by Simon Lambourn on 2016-10-16
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
mythtv (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After updating to Ubuntu 16.10, Mythtv frontend will not shut down - it appears to function normally but on exit (normal exit at my request), there is an onscreen notification "the frontend has crashed unexpectedly (exit code 139). Restarting, please wait ..." and the frontend restarts.

This was working without problems on 16.04. I read that this is due to timezone problems?? The backend is on the same PC as the frontend so should see the same timezone. I can't see any error messages in the log (frontend or backend) either.

Any advice or help welcomed...

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.10
Package: mythtv 2:0.28.0+fixes.20160413.15cf421-0ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.8.0-22.24-generic 4.8.0
Uname: Linux 4.8.0-22-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.3-0ubuntu8
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Sun Oct 16 15:48:45 2016
Installed_mythtv_dbg: 2:0.28.0+fixes.20160413.15cf421-0ubuntu2
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: mythtv
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to yakkety on 2016-10-14 (1 days ago)

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in mythtv (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
chicobiker (chicobiker) wrote :

I have exactly the same problem. Just upgraded to 16.10 and running latest .28 fixes. Like the OP, it worked perfect prior to upgrading to 16.10.

heynnema (heynnema) wrote :

Same problem here. If you start mythfrontend in terminal, you'll probably see a stack smashing error.

ed mcguirk (emcguirk) wrote :

Has this been fixed or is there any activity on this problem? I just upgraded to 16.10 today and after running into the usual mysql password problem, I gave up and purged mysql and mythtv, deleted all mythtv files and directories, rebooted, and reinstalled mythtv from scratch.

I have the same continuously restarting frontend with exit code 139.

As an aside, I have been running mythtv on ubuntu for over 5 years and an ubuntu upgrade rarely manages to complete without killing mythtv. It doesn't break every time but most times it does which usually burns a whole day since I can't remember if this fix will be the same as last version fix or the same as last year's fix. I'm not a linux pro so I have to relearn all those terminal commands I haven't touched in 6 months. Plus little things like mysql commands on the mythtv troubleshooting page that no longer work unless you add the -p parameter which current versions of mysql now require and mysql does not say -p is missing, it just fails leaving you wondering why.

Thomas Mashos (tgm4883) wrote :

I would recommend everyone try the updated packages from

Thankyou Thomas. It appears to work for me (one test only). I'll report back if I have any problems.

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