segfault when starting rrdcached

Bug #985341 reported by Alex Dean on 2012-04-19
This bug affects 11 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
rrdtool (Debian)
Fix Released
rrdtool (Ubuntu)
Bryan Quigley

Bug Description


 * rrdcached doesn't start by default due to directories not being there

[Test Case]

 * Just install rrdcached and see that it doesn't start.

# apt-get install rrdcached
Setting up rrdcached (1.4.7-1) ...
Starting RRDtool data caching daemon: rrdcached/etc/init.d/rrdcached: line 57: 19826 Segmentation fault (core dumped) start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --oknodo --pidfile "$PIDFILE" --exec $DAEMON -- $OPTS -p "$PIDFILE"
invoke-rc.d: initscript rrdcached, action "start" failed.
dpkg: error processing rrdcached (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 139
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

[Regression Potential]

The change is just adding mkdir -p to two directories in the init script before trying to start the daemon.

I can't think of an obvious regression here. Takes (incredibly slightly) longer to start?


Create /var/lib/rrdcached/journal, then restart the daemon

ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu5
Architecture: amd64
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Server 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Beta amd64 (20120327)
Package: rrdtool 1.4.7-1
PackageArchitecture: amd64
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-23.36-generic 3.2.14
Tags: precise
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-23-generic x86_64
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
UserGroups: adm cdrom dip lpadmin plugdev sambashare sudo

Clint Byrum (clint-fewbar) wrote :

Hi Alex, can you run 'apport-collect 985341' on the affected system so we can get full information on dependencies and versions? Thanks!

Changed in rrdtool (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium

apport information

tags: added: apport-collected precise
description: updated
Alex Dean (alex-dean) wrote :

Could an admin please delete comment #2? My email account was compromised, and this was the result.


Allan Bailey (zirpu) wrote :


Make sure your rrdcached journal directory exists. The default is /var/lib/rrdcached/journal

That might be considered a bug in the package not creating that on install.

jraby (raby-jean) wrote :

Just installed rrdcached and had the same problem.
/var/lib/rrdcached doesn't exist after package installation, I guess the pkg should create it.

jraby (raby-jean) wrote :

Sorry, forgot to say that this was on 12.04.

Changed in rrdtool (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Changed in rrdtool (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
Clint Byrum (clint-fewbar) wrote :

rrdtool (1.4.7-2) unstable; urgency=low

  * Ack NMUs; thanks to Jonathan Wiltshire and gregor herrmann!
  * Added debian/patches/bts664724-rrdcached-j-segfault:
    Fixed segfault in rrdcached when starting without having the journal
    directory available: canonicalize the journal path after creating the
    directory; else, realpath(3) will return NULL causing strdup() to
    segfault. Also, check the return value of realpath(3) before further using
    it. Thanks to Helmut Grohne for reporting this (Closes: #664724).

 -- Sebastian Harl <email address hidden> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 10:23:39 +0200

Changed in rrdtool (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
MxxCon (mxxcon) wrote :

Will rrdtool (1.4.7-2) be released for 12.04?

Clint Byrum (clint-fewbar) wrote :

mxxcon, you are welcome to submit a backported fix upload to precise-proposed for review. I don't think anybody is actively working on it though. Please see

Robie Basak (racb) wrote :

Setting Precise task Importance to Medium as a workaround exists.

description: updated
Changed in rrdtool (Ubuntu Precise):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in rrdtool (Ubuntu Precise):
status: New → Confirmed

This install command worked for me on precise:

sudo sh -c "mkdir -p /var/lib/rrdcached/db /var/lib/rrdcached/journal && chown $(printf %q "$USER"):$(printf %q "$(groups | awk '{print $1}')") /var/lib/rrdcached/db /var/lib/rrdcached/journal && apt-get install rrdcached"

Ralph Schmidt (rschmidt-s) wrote :

Hi @ all,

just a push because this bug still exists in 12.04. Please add the missing directory to the deb package and release the fixed package.

Bryan Quigley (bryanquigley) wrote :

Debdiff for fixing this on 12.04.

description: updated
Changed in rrdtool (Ubuntu Precise):
assignee: nobody → Bryan Quigley (bryanquigley)
tags: added: cts
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

I've uploaded this to the precise SRU queue.

Changed in rrdtool (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Confirmed → In Progress

Hello Alex, or anyone else affected,

Accepted rrdtool into precise-proposed. The package will build now and be available at in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested, and change the tag from verification-needed to verification-done. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at . Thank you in advance!

Changed in rrdtool (Ubuntu Precise):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
Bryan Quigley (bryanquigley) wrote :

Confirmed that it get's installed correctly now. rrdcached_1.4.7-1ubuntu1

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package rrdtool - 1.4.7-1ubuntu1

rrdtool (1.4.7-1ubuntu1) precise; urgency=low

  * Fix "fails to install, postinst, invoke-rc.d rrdcached start, start-
    stop-daemon, segfault":
    (re-)create /var/lib/rrdcached/{journal,db} in init script.
    (LP: #985341)
 -- Bryan Quigley <email address hidden> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:51:46 -0800

Changed in rrdtool (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released

The verification of the Stable Release Update for rrdtool has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regressions.

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