software-center crashed with TypeError in decode(): expected string or buffer

Bug #805421 reported by John Lenton on 2011-07-04
This bug affects 107 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-center (Ubuntu)
Gary Lasker
Gary Lasker

Bug Description

software-center seems to still be working, but apport got upset

ProblemType: Crash
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: software-center 4.1.7
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0-2.3-generic-pae 3.0.0-rc4
Uname: Linux 3.0-2-generic-pae i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Jul 4 11:45:13 2011
ExecutablePath: /usr/share/software-center/software-center
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release Candidate i386 (20100928.1)
InterpreterPath: /usr/bin/python2.7
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcCmdline: /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/software-center
 PATH=(custom, user)
PythonArgs: ['/usr/bin/software-center']
SourcePackage: software-center
Title: software-center crashed with TypeError in decode(): expected string or buffer
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-04-20 (75 days ago)
UserGroups: adm admin cdrom dialout libvirtd lpadmin plugdev sambashare video

John Lenton (chipaca) wrote :
tags: removed: need-duplicate-check
visibility: private → public
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu Oneiric):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu Oneiric):
assignee: nobody → Gary Lasker (gary-lasker)
status: Triaged → In Progress

I was working with the software center, looking for a program. while I was looking for the program, the message appeared, however software center was still up and working, plus I was even able to find the program and download-install the program without any problems.

Barely (barely) wrote :

exactly the same as Michael Harden wrote, the system states that the program has crashed but it is still working just fine, the only thing not working is the "recommendations", when I click on those nothing happens and I consider this to be a small thing.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package software-center - 4.1.8

software-center (4.1.8) oneiric; urgency=low

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * refactor to move gtk2 UI out of InstallBackend and replace
    with generic InstallBackendUI

  [ Gary Lasker ]
  * debian/
    - remove extraneous '.txt' for the logfile upload in the
      apport hook
  * softwarecenter/backend/
    - fix crash if ratings and reviews server does not provide
      a histogram value (LP: #805421)
 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 09:11:38 +0200

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu Oneiric):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
tags: added: bugpattern-needed
Vincent Gerris (vgerris) wrote :

I still experience this bug in version 4.1.9 (x86_64)

Gary Lasker (gary-lasker) wrote :

Hi Vincent, indeed, it's the same crash message but a slightly different manifestation of the bug. We are tracking this over at bug 812923.


Alex Engelmann (alex-engelmann) wrote :

This bug also affects the amd64 version of the Oneiric Alpha 2

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