software-center crashed with ValueError in __init__()

Bug #634549 reported by Hayden Sartoris on 2010-09-09
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-center (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: software-center

I was searching the software center for some gstreamer plugins, with technical items showing, and it was getting slow. then, a report popped up that the software center had crashed. i started sending the report, and then the message came up again. i hit close. during this time, the software center was in fact totally functional, and hadn't crashed. at the time of this writing, the same instance is still running functionally.

expectations: nothing out of the ordinary.
actual occurrence: glitchy bug reporting system

ProblemType: Crash
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: software-center 2.1.15
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-19.28-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-19-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Thu Sep 9 18:33:30 2010
ExecutablePath: /usr/share/software-center/software-center
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release i386 (20091028.5)
InterpreterPath: /usr/bin/python2.6
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcCmdline: /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/software-center
PythonArgs: ['/usr/bin/software-center']
SourcePackage: software-center
Title: software-center crashed with ValueError in __init__()
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Hayden Sartoris (hsartoris) wrote :
tags: removed: need-duplicate-check
Kiwinote (kiwinote) wrote :

Hi! Thanks for your bug report. The bug you describe has been fixed in the branch I have linked and should be available in the next release. Please continue to report any bugs you may find in software-center. Thanks again for your help!

visibility: private → public
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Kiwinote (kiwinote)
status: New → Fix Committed
Kiwinote (kiwinote) wrote :

software-center (2.1.18) maverick; urgency=low

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * use "match.document" instead of "match[xapian.MSET_DOCUMENT]"
    to be compatible with xapian 1.2.x (closes: 596079)
  * softwarecenter/view/
    - fix a missing glib.markup_escape_text()
  * merged lp:~glatzor/software-center/aptdaemon-polish, many

  [ Kiwinote ]
  * softwarecenter/backend/
    - don't crash on cancelling policykit auths (LP: #634697)
  * softwarecenter/view/
    - don't crash on searches containing ", " (LP: #634549)

  [ Gary Lasker ]
  * apt-xapian-index-plugin/,
   - improved support for the display of metadata in the
     details view for new-apps and apps for purchase
     (LP: #625254)
   - fix incorrect display of the app name and summary
     text for new-apps in the details view (LP: #634678)
   - add tests for get_appname, get_pkgname
  * softwarecenter/view/
    - fix up downloadable icon handling

Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:34:50 +0200
Changed-By: Michael Vogt <michael.vogt at>
Maintainer: Michael Vogt <mvo at>

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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