Pidgin crashes when pidgin-skype is installed

Bug #1379713 reported by Dietmar Winkler on 2014-10-10
This bug affects 17 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
pidgin-skype (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

It seems the pidgin-skype extension causes a

Attempt to unlock mutex that was not locked

error and pidgin crashes immediatly. Deinstalling skype-pidgin solves the problem but then I can no longer access my skype chats of course.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.10
Package: pidgin 1:2.10.9-0ubuntu7
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.16.0-21.28-generic 3.16.4
Uname: Linux 3.16.0-21-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.14.7-0ubuntu5
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Fri Oct 10 11:23:19 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-10-08 (1 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" - Alpha amd64 (20141006)
SourcePackage: pidgin
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Dietmar Winkler (dietmarw) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in pidgin (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Dietmar Winkler (dietmarw) wrote :

Simply compiling from source and then placing that in the local plugins directory worked.

Andreas (andreas-rabus) wrote :

Found a hint at

     sjukfan ( 2014-10-02 08:42)

     After an update to GLib in Jessie the other day some/a lot of program may exit with the message Attempt to unlock mutex that was not locked. This is because of change in how GLib handles unlocking of non locked mutex.

So a recompile of the package seems neccesary?

JockeTF (jocketf) wrote :

I am also affected by this bug. I can confirm that compiling and installing from source (r665) fixes the issue.

Dietmar Winkler (dietmarw) wrote :

It's actually a bug in the plugin not pidgin itself

affects: pidgin (Ubuntu) → pidgin-skype (Ubuntu)
Dietmar Winkler (dietmarw) wrote :

So it looks like triggering a simple rebuild would fix this problem right? So how can one trigger it for the repo?

Michael Kreuzer (penulci) wrote :

I am using the plugin on my old 32bit notebook and can confirm the bug for 14.10 32bit an therefore

Greetings, Michael

_dan_ (dan-void) wrote :


Changed in pidgin-skype (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Alan Robertson (alanr-unix) wrote :

This is fixed in that latest version of the skype plugin. See my comments in

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