tracker-extract crashed with SIGABRT in g_malloc0()

Bug #1364780 reported by Karthikeyan Sivaraj on 2014-09-03
This bug affects 44 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
tracker (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Logged into ubuntu-gnome guest vm installed in virtualbox. Encountered this crash.

ProblemType: Crash
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.10
Package: tracker-extract 1.0.4-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.16.0-12.18-generic 3.16.1
Uname: Linux 3.16.0-12-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.14.7-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: GNOME
Date: Tue Sep 2 23:32:05 2014
ExecutablePath: /usr/lib/tracker/tracker-extract
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-08-10 (23 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-GNOME 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" - Alpha amd64 (20140730)
ProcCmdline: /usr/lib/tracker/tracker-extract
 PATH=(custom, no user)
Signal: 6
SourcePackage: tracker
 g_malloc0 () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
 g_slice_free1 () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
 g_queue_pop_tail () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
 ?? () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
 ?? () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
Title: tracker-extract crashed with SIGABRT in g_malloc0()
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
UserGroups: adm cdrom dip lpadmin plugdev sambashare sudo

 g_malloc0 (n_bytes=2032) at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.41.3/./glib/gmem.c:132
 thread_memory_from_self () at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.41.3/./glib/gslice.c:519
 g_slice_free1 (mem_size=<optimized out>, mem_block=0x23986c0) at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.41.3/./glib/gslice.c:1088
 g_list_free_1 (list=<optimized out>) at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.41.3/./glib/glist.c:200
 g_queue_pop_tail (queue=queue@entry=0x239d018) at /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.41.3/./glib/gqueue.c:625

Changed in tracker (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
tags: removed: need-amd64-retrace
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in tracker (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
information type: Private → Public
Martyn Russell (martyn-lanedo) wrote :

Hi all,

I am one of the upstream maintainers. I think I've seen this bug recently but need a way to reliably reproduce it to fix it.
Does anyone have a way to do that?

Normally, if you know the file in question being extracted, you should be able to run this on the command line to reproduce the crash:

 $ /usr/libexec/tracker-extract -v 3 -f /path/to/file.mp3

Once you have that crash, a file uploaded here to test with would help hugely.


Martyn Russell (martyn-lanedo) wrote :

Just to add, my initial suspicion is either:

a) a rogue extractor
b) the kernel could be killing us due to too much memory use, based on our call to setrlimit() which we mainly only use in tracker-extract. The limit = CLAMP (total_halfed, MEM_LIMIT_MIN, G_MAXLONG); where MEM_LIMIT_MIN = 256 Mb. Bare in mind, the memory use in the logs above is more than 256MB.

Crash occurs sometimes immediately after login. Captured full stack-trace for a recent occurrence.

tags: added: vivid
tags: added: bugpattern-needed
Ian W Scott (iscott) wrote :

In answer to @martyn-lanedo: I'm not sure how to reproduce this reliably, except that it happens for me in *every* ubuntu-gnome session (15.04) within 15 minutes or so of login. But it seems to be triggered by a background tracker action, not by an attempt to extract a particular file directly. If you can suggest a way of identifying which file was being extracted at the time of the crash, I can try to identify it.

Martyn Russell (martyn-lanedo) wrote :

Hi Ian,

It may well be a rogue file being indexed.
We've just fixed a bug which was allocating way too much memory here:

This started off as a Tracker bug in tracker-extract too. Turned out to be a library we depend on.

The bug also mentions a link which I've added recently to help people investigate these issues, here is the link again:

Are you able to share the output of:

  $ tracker-extract -v 3 -f /path/to/file

? That might shed some light on this issue.
Alternatively, if you could attach the file in question for testing here, that could help too.

Thanks :)

scott mowerson (smowerson) wrote :

i am getting this immediately after gnome signon 16.10 UBUNTU.

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