crash when trying to watch matroska encoded videofiles

Bug #29644 reported by Stephan Ruegamer on 2006-01-25
This bug affects 1 person
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vlc (Ubuntu)
MOTU Media Team

Bug Description

With dappers version (I only tested dappers version) watching matroska encoded videofiles (*.mkv) is not possible.

It crashes with:

VLC media player 0.8.4 Janus
*** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x084eac88 ***

I'll attach a backtrace just now

Stephan Ruegamer (sadig) wrote :


[New Thread -1296659536 (LWP 8439)]
*** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x08783760 ***

Program received signal SIGABRT, Aborted.
[Switching to Thread -1296659536 (LWP 8439)]
0xffffe410 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
(gdb) backtrace
#0 0xffffe410 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
#1 0xb7d0d9a1 in raise () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/
#2 0xb7d0f2b9 in abort () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/
#3 0xb7d4187a in __fsetlocking () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/
#4 0xb7d47fd4 in malloc_usable_size () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/
#5 0xb7d4834a in free () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/
#6 0xb73608b1 in operator delete () from /usr/lib/
#7 0xb5efdee5 in libebml::EbmlMaster::~EbmlMaster () from /usr/lib/vlc/demux/
#8 0xb5efc681 in libebml::EbmlHead::~EbmlHead () from /usr/lib/vlc/demux/
#9 0xb5eabb3c in demux_sys_t::AnalyseAllSegmentsFound () from /usr/lib/vlc/demux/
#10 0xb5eb0259 in demux_sys_t::PreloadLinked () from /usr/lib/vlc/demux/
#11 0x08087478 in ?? ()
#12 0x0872fdf8 in ?? ()
#13 0x00000003 in ?? ()
#14 0x0815ca93 in _IO_stdin_used ()
#15 0x0816e814 in _IO_stdin_used ()
#16 0x0815dd03 in _IO_stdin_used ()
#17 0x00000028 in ?? ()
#18 0x0816e4d8 in _IO_stdin_used ()
#19 0x086e4690 in ?? ()
#20 0x00000008 in ?? ()
#21 0x0872e880 in ?? ()
#22 0xb2b68108 in ?? ()
#23 0xb7d4f006 in strdup () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/
Previous frame inner to this frame (corrupt stack?)

Changed in vlc:
assignee: nobody → motu
Daniel T Chen (crimsun) on 2006-03-21
Changed in vlc:
assignee: motu → motumedia
Daniel Robitaille (robitaille) wrote :

I get the same error in the latest Dapper, with a very similar backtrace.

Changed in vlc:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Reinhard Tartler (siretart) wrote :

could you please provide a sample video for testing?

Daniel Robitaille (robitaille) wrote :

The one I tried was this one:

That directory on that web site contains a very sample mkv files

Daniel T Chen (crimsun) wrote :

I've temporarily placed test packages for dapper/i386 at ; please verify that they fix your mkv crashes.

Daniel Robitaille (robitaille) wrote :

The crash on that mkv file still occured after I upgraded to your test packages. The only 3 packages installed on my laptop that had upgrade available in your test directory were:


Daniel T Chen (crimsun) wrote :

Thanks for testing. Is the crash with mkvs reproducible with the debs here [0]?


Changed in vlc:
status: Confirmed → Needs Info
Daniel Robitaille (robitaille) wrote :

They don't install in Dapper:
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of vlc:
 vlc depends on libcdio3; however:
  Package libcdio3 is not installed.
 vlc depends on libdbus-1-1 (>= 0.36.2); however:
  Package libdbus-1-1 is not installed.
 vlc depends on libiso9660-3; however:
  Package libiso9660-3 is not installed.
 vlc depends on libsysfs1; however:
  Package libsysfs1 is not installed.

If you force the install, then it complain at runtime about:
vlc: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Interestingly, they don't install in Breezy either: it needs libgcrypt11 > 1.2.2 while Breezy's version is 1.2.1-3

Terry Callan (tcallan) wrote :

I can confirm that the nightlies version is uninstallable under dapper. However, adding the vlc nightlies repository for breezy:
deb /
allows installation. (It contains libgcrypt11_1.2.2)
Under breezy this updade removes the problem.

Daniel T Chen (crimsun) on 2006-04-15
Changed in vlc:
status: Needs Info → In Progress
Daniel T Chen (crimsun) wrote :

Can those of you using current Dapper please test the debs at against a mkv file? I've built and tested up through 0.8.5-test4, and they all crash in the mkv demuxer, leading me to believe that one of the libraries we use is outdated and needs an UVFe req.

Daniel Robitaille (robitaille) wrote :

I installed that 0.8.5-test2 version in Dapper (Flight 7), and it still crashes on that vsshort-aac.mkv file (url in a previous comment). The error is:

VLC media player 0.8.5-test2 Janus
*** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x085f2be8 ***

Daniel T Chen (crimsun) wrote :

Hash: SHA1

Format: 1.7
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 03:42:19 -0400
Source: vlc
Binary: wxvlc vlc-plugin-sdl kvlc vlc-plugin-ggi gvlc vlc-plugin-alsa qvlc vlc-plugin-glide vlc-plugin-esd gnome-vlc mozilla-plugin-vlc vlc vlc-plugin-arts vlc-plugin-svgalib libvlc0-dev
Architecture: source
Version: 0.8.4.debian-1ubuntu6
Distribution: dapper
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Sam Hocevar (Debian packages) <email address hidden>
Changed-By: Daniel T Chen <email address hidden>
 gnome-vlc - GNOME frontend for VLC (dummy legacy package)
 gvlc - GTK+ frontend for VLC (dummy legacy package)
 kvlc - KDE frontend for VLC (dummy legacy package)
 libvlc0-dev - development files for VLC
 mozilla-plugin-vlc - multimedia plugin for Mozilla based on VLC
 qvlc - Qt frontend for VLC (dummy legacy package)
 vlc - multimedia player for all audio and video formats
 vlc-plugin-alsa - ALSA audio output plugin for VLC
 vlc-plugin-arts - aRts audio output plugin for VLC
 vlc-plugin-esd - Esound audio output plugin for VLC
 vlc-plugin-ggi - GGI video output plugin for VLC
 vlc-plugin-glide - Glide video output plugin for VLC
 vlc-plugin-sdl - SDL video and audio output plugin for VLC
 vlc-plugin-svgalib - SVGAlib video output plugin for VLC
 wxvlc - wxWidgets frontend for VLC
 vlc (0.8.4.debian-1ubuntu6) dapper; urgency=low
   "'Time to race', she said, 'Race the downhill'."
   * Add debian/patches/24_prefs_stacking_fix, fixing stacking in
     Preferences dialog. Taken from upstream svn changeset 13795, thanks
     to Bruce Cowan (Closes: Malone #31891).
   * Demote ttf-freefont, ttf-thryomanes to Suggests as the former
     provides bad metrics for Thai. See Debian #362071 for additional
   * Don't use gcc-snapshot as the compiler. See Debian #361729 for more
   * Make vlc.desktop HIG-compliant.
   * Rebuild against new libebml-dev and libmatroska-dev, fixing crashes
     with Matroska files (Closes: Malone #29644).
   * Use our own faad2 and x264, fixing garbled graphics (Closes: Malone
     #28539). Please see Debian #365389 if the inclusion of these
     libraries stirs your ire.
 c4a7389b8e5d6667b8ffc1fb7a5ec890 1947 graphics optional vlc_0.8.4.debian-1ubuntu6.dsc
 94c860811b831e6ec3996a88cd1d49e5 562960 graphics optional vlc_0.8.4.debian-1ubuntu6.diff.gz

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Changed in vlc:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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