[intrepid] soundconverter always freezes after adding a file

Bug #263889 reported by Leonard Michlmayr on 2008-09-02
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
soundconverter (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: soundconverter

Yesterday I discovered that soundconverter freezes (compiz makes the window gray) when I add a file to the list. It shows "Einlesen der Metainformationen..." (reading metainfo) above the file name.

Soundconverter is completely unusable in this state. I think it happens since yesterdays update, but I changed some settings at the same time.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.10
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: soundconverter 1.3.2-0ubuntu1
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: soundconverter
Uname: Linux 2.6.27-2-generic x86_64

Brian Parma (bj0) wrote :

I'm getting this on my box when I try to add a m4a/m4b file, either by menu or by drag and drop. It freezes with "loading tags..." above the filename.

I didn't get this problem when adding ogg, flac, or mp3 files.

i'm using Ubuntu 8.10

themuddler (mike-udall) wrote :

I'm also getting this. Happens on some .wma files and it freezes while some still have the "loading tags" against them. Killing soundconverter and restarting it gets around the problem but some files consistently crash it. I can provide them if it helps - but they're copyrighted (by someone else). Would it be acceptable to attach just the first portion of the file or whichever portion is probably causing the trouble?

Nathaniel Wilson (dubrict) wrote :

I can confirm this issue on Ubuntu Jaunty. It happens consistently with m4a files.

Nathaniel Wilson (dubrict) wrote :


It's actually only happening with m4p files for me. These are encrypted audio, but soundconverter should be able to figure that out without freezing.

GautierPortet (kassoulet) wrote :

You can fix the problem by editing soundconverter.py:

@@ -1097,7 +1095,7 @@ class TagReader(Decoder):

  def work(self):
- if not self.pipeline:
+ if not self.pipeline or self.eos:
    return False

GautierPortet (kassoulet) wrote :

Fixed in 1.4.3

Hew (hew) on 2009-04-17
Changed in soundconverter (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged

Fixed in 1.4.3

Changed in soundconverter (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Hew (hew) wrote :

This is not yet fixed in Ubuntu as we do not have that version. Please see bug 335739.

Changed in soundconverter (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Fix Committed
Changed in soundconverter:
status: New → Fix Released
Pfanne (pfannenwender) wrote :

i tried 1.4.3 as well as 1.4.4 and its still choking on m4b and m4a files

Pfanne (pfannenwender) wrote :

ignore my last comment...
seemed like i missed some codecs.
now everything works perfectly fine

Hew (hew) on 2009-07-20
Changed in soundconverter (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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