software-center crashes with 'BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)'

Bug #840227 reported by mjpoetic on 2011-09-03
This bug affects 15 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-center (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Upon launching software-center-gtk3 from terminal, the program crashes & the following is displayed:

2011-09-03 06:13:16,869 - softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.em - INFO - EM's: 15 12 17
2011-09-03 06:13:19,338 - - WARNING - Could not get usefulness from server, no username in config file
2011-09-03 06:13:28,755 - - INFO - software-center-agent finished with status 1

(software-center-gtk3:5363): Gdk-WARNING **: /build/buildd/gtk+3.0-3.1.12/./gdk/x11/gdkwindow-x11.c:4766 drawable is not a native X11 window

Gdk-ERROR **: The program 'software-center-gtk3' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)'.
  (Details: serial 1419 error_code 3 request_code 20 minor_code 0)
  (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
   that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
   To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
   option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
   backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)
Trace/breakpoint trap (core dumped)

1) The release of Ubuntu you are using... Ubuntu oneiric Beta 1
2) The version of the package you are using.... software-center 4.1.21
3) What you expected to happen.... launching the software-center package to bring up Ubuntu Software Center
4) What happened instead..... Window appeared for a few seconds and then the program crashed

Additional Notes:
- I installed Oneiric Beta1 was over Natty, but formatted the partition Natty was on to do it. However, there is a separate partition for 'home'
- Launching the gtk2 version of software-center (i.e., just launching 'software-center' from a command line) works just fine.

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Pavlo Bohmat (bohm) wrote :

Starting at the terminal (fluxbox_1.3.1) leads to crash software-center-gtk3. In Unity ok.

Dazzer (jdarrenscott) wrote :

I'm also getting this error when running software-center from a terminal window. (I was trying to use a terminal window because software-center won't launch for me at all from Unity!). I've discovered that it will run sucessfully from a terminal as sudo though, so must be a permission error somewhere. Any ideas?

summary: - software-center-gtk3 crashes with 'BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)'
+ software-center crashes with 'BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)'
Kai Mast (kai-mast) wrote :

Yeah i can confirm this. Running it with sudo actually works!

I am using KDE and launching software-center from the menu or the terminal logs/print the same error

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