software-center crashed with TypeError in run(): glib.spawn_async: first argument must be a sequence of strings

Bug #827527 reported by Roy H Huddleston on 2011-08-16
This bug affects 33 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-center (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I installed the Alpha 3 Lubuntu 11.10 and ran software center. I was rating the xmahjonng and this came up. It said it was an apport bug. The game loaded okay.

ProblemType: Crash
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: software-center 4.1.14
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-8.11-generic 3.0.1
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-8-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Tue Aug 16 12:24:05 2011
ExecutablePath: /usr/share/software-center/software-center
InterpreterPath: /usr/bin/python2.7
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcCmdline: /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/software-center
PythonArgs: ['/usr/bin/software-center']
SourcePackage: software-center
Title: software-center crashed with TypeError in run(): glib.spawn_async: first argument must be a sequence of strings
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
UserGroups: adm admin cdrom dialout lpadmin plugdev sambashare

Roy H Huddleston (archspader) wrote :
tags: removed: need-duplicate-check
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: bugpattern-needed
Michael Vogt (mvo) on 2011-09-23
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
tags: removed: bugpattern-needed
tags: added: bugpattern-written
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package software-center -

software-center ( oneiric; urgency=low

  [ Robert Roth ]
  * Fix inconsistent colors in banner (LP: #855417)
  * softwarecenter/db/,
    - display total size in the details view for standalone
      deb files (LP: #851222)
  * softwarecenter/db/
    - restore support for custom list searches
      (LP: #835069, LP: #828281)

  [ Kiwinote ]
  * correctly index desktop files which refer to packages for which we must
    install a version for a foreign architecture (eg skype)
  * softwarecenter/backend/
    - allow us to write reviews for apps with unicode appname (LP: #856052)

  [ Matthew McGowan ]
  * lp:~mmcg069/software-center/tweaks:
    - mak the avg-rating label white when a row is selected
    - TextBlock.set_visible_window to False. add a css comment
  * lp:~mmcg069/software-center/bug635994-again:
    - make the up/down -arrow behaviour available to both
      detailsview_gtk and the catview_gtk (LP: #635994)
  * lp:~mmcg069/software-center/re-fixes:
    - additional fixes for the detailsview

  [ Gary Lasker ]
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/panes/,
    - prevent potential crash at startup if views have not yet
      been created on a call to refresh_apps (LP: #855622)
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/panes/,
    - consolidate spinner code, add timeout mask for installed
      view spinner
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/panes/
    - display spinner while changing list view sort method
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/
    - display spinner while loading previous purchases list
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/widgets/
    - fix regression in action bar button alignment (LP: #856872)
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/panes/
    - restore action bar functionality for custom lists
      (LP: #835069)
    - don't hide technical items during a custom list search
    - restore custom list search using apt url syntax (LP: #828281)
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/dialogs/
    - fix crash when showing error dialog (LP: #842678)

  [ Didier Roche ]
  * lp:~didrocks/software-center/new-oneconf-sync-signal:
    - enable getting a last sync accurate date as soon as the sync
      is done (LP: #855345)

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * utils/
    - setup logging from the helper to xdg
  * utils/, softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/
    - use instead of Gtk.ComboBoxText(). This makes
      get_active_text() actually work on the combobox (LP: #856429)
  * softwarecenter/
    - fix writing new config before using it (LP: #827527)
  * softwarecenter/backend/
    - write out the review stats in a C friendly bsddb so that unity
      can use it too (thanks to Mikkel Kamstrup)
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/panes/
    - fix endless recursion (LP: #851671)
 -- Michael Vogt <michael.v...


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

Just had this occur to me with

Mauricio Pretto (pretto) wrote :

Just got this after today's update

Matthias Schmidt (mschmidt) wrote :

Was bitten by this bug today. It seems the fix was not 100% correct. Running oneiric from today on amd64 with the following version of the software center:

ii software-center 5.0 Utility for browsing, installing, and removing software

Dereck Wonnacott (dereck) wrote :

I tried to write a review for Virtualbox and got this error.

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Confirmed
Dereck Wonnacott (dereck) wrote :

Apparently I'm running version 5.0 according to the about box, so this bug is still not dead. I changed the status back to confirmed to reflect this.

Please advise if that was the wrong thing to do, thanks. :)

Bart Vermeulen (bartverm) wrote :

I wrote a review for Paraview in Software Center. After filling in the form, I pushed on publish, the window with the form closed, and I got this error. Apport opened this bug. I'm running version on Ubuntu 11.10 on 32 bit system.

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Thanks for your bugreport.

If any of you can reproduce this or had this issue I would much appreciate if you could attach the "crash" file from /var/crash/ that got generated when it happend. I'm especially interessted in the python backtrace of this.

I think launchpad is confusing different bug here. The original backtrace (and fix) does not match with the descriptions
of the error in comments #5 - #9 so I wonder if something else is going on and launchpad is wrongly assuming it the same
bug. Any additional hints (especiall backtraces) are appreciated!


Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
userdce (userdce) wrote :

reappeared in updated Precise

enolive (enolive) wrote :

appeared when I tried to rate an app

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for software-center (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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