Comment 141 for bug 507089

Chiming in with the info that I first encountered this bug in Mint 13 (Ubuntu Precise), and it still applies in Mint 17 (Ubuntu Trusty). And while I can understand all the issues involved with deciding the "right way to go", I am somewhat miffed to find that a decade-old bug still expresses itself as a SIGSEGV. Expecting the user to strace / google / eventually find this bug entry if he's lucky? Is it really that difficult to check for the condition and at least give a meaningful message (perhaps including a workaround recommendation) before exiting gracefully?