running 'xterm' crashes X server

Reported by Joe Barnett on 2011-08-22
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xorg-server (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

As of relatively recently in onieric, if I run xterm, my X session ends abruptly.

tested with gnome-shell's alt+f2 runner as well as running from within a gnome-terminal command line.

#0 0x00007faac7cf529b in ?? () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6
No symbol table info available.
#1 0x00007faac7cf777d in malloc () from /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6
No symbol table info available.
#2 0x00007faac51b3e54 in exaPrepareAccessReg_mixed (pPixmap=0xd39870,
    index=0, pReg=0x0) at ../../exa/exa_migration_mixed.c:203
        pixmaps = {{as_dst = 13765184, as_src = 0, pPix = 0x7faac80151c0,
            pReg = 0xdcf460}}
        pExaPixmap = 0xd398c0
        has_gpu_copy = <optimized out>
        success = <optimized out>
#3 0x00007faac51be337 in ExaCheckImageGlyphBlt (pDrawable=0xdcf460,
    pGC=0xd38ae0, x=2, y=13, nglyph=<optimized out>, ppci=<optimized out>,
    pglyphBase=0x0) at ../../exa/exa_unaccel.c:326
        pExaScr = 0x8f8ee0
        pExaGC = 0xd38ba8
#4 0x00000000004dd33a in damageText (pDrawable=0xdcf460, pGC=0xd38ae0, x=2,
    y=13, count=<optimized out>, chars=<optimized out>,
    fontEncoding=TwoD16Bit, textType=3) at ../../../miext/damage/damage.c:1486
        charinfo = 0xd40ed0
        info = <optimized out>
        i = 80
        n = 80
        w = 0
        imageblt = 1
#5 0x00000000004e109d in damageImageText16 (pDrawable=0xdcf460, pGC=0xd38ae0,
    x=2, y=13, count=<optimized out>, chars=<optimized out>)
    at ../../../miext/damage/damage.c:1567
        pGCPriv = 0xd38bb8
        oldFuncs = 0x7defa0
#6 0x00000000004316cf in doImageText (client=0xd393f0, c=0x7fffc8f87960)
    at ../../dix/dixfonts.c:1548
        err = 0
        lgerr = 1
        fpe = <optimized out>
        itemSize = 2
#7 0x0000000000432b40 in ImageText (client=<optimized out>,
    pDraw=<optimized out>, pGC=<optimized out>, nChars=<optimized out>,
    data=<optimized out>, xorg=<optimized out>, yorg=13, reqType=77,
    did=39845935) at ../../dix/dixfonts.c:1590
        local_closure = {client = 0xd393f0, pDraw = 0xdcf460, pGC = 0xd38ae0,
          nChars = 80 'P', data = 0xcf0380 "", xorg = 2, yorg = 13,
          reqType = 77 'M', did = 39845935}

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: xterm 271-1ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-9.12-generic 3.0.3
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-9-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,mousepoll,vpswitch,regex,animation,snap,expo,move,compiztoolbox,place,grid,imgpng,gnomecompat,wall,ezoom,workarounds,staticswitcher,resize,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,scale,session,unityshell]
CompositorRunning: None
Date: Mon Aug 22 08:09:22 2011
DistUpgraded: Log time: 2011-07-13 10:07:59.371965
DistroCodename: oneiric
DistroVariant: ubuntu
 virtualbox, 4.1.0, 3.0.0-8-generic, x86_64: installed
 virtualbox, 4.1.0, 3.0.0-9-generic, x86_64: installed
 ATI Technologies Inc Broadway PRO [Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series] [1002:68a1] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:1522]
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Release Candidate amd64 (20100419.1)
MachineType: Hewlett-Packard HP ENVY 15 Notebook PC
 PATH=(custom, user)
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-9-generic root=UUID=639dc488-e095-42a4-8c1f-ffb1a9299e1c ro crashkernel=384M-2G:64M,2G-:128M quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: xterm
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-07-13 (39 days ago)
dmi.bios.date: 04/23/2010
dmi.bios.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
dmi.bios.version: F.26
dmi.board.asset.tag: Base Board Asset Tag
dmi.board.name: 1522
dmi.board.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
dmi.board.version: 36.34
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
dmi.chassis.version: N/A
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnHewlett-Packard:bvrF.26:bd04/23/2010:svnHewlett-Packard:pnHPENVY15NotebookPC:pvr048F110000241920001530000:rvnHewlett-Packard:rn1522:rvr36.34:cvnHewlett-Packard:ct10:cvrN/A:
dmi.product.name: HP ENVY 15 Notebook PC
dmi.product.version: 048F110000241920001530000
dmi.sys.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
version.compiz: compiz 1:
version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs 20090808ubuntu16
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.26-1ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 7.11-0ubuntu3
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 7.11-0ubuntu3
version.xserver-xorg: xserver-xorg 1:7.6+7ubuntu6
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.6.0-1ubuntu13
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.99~git20110811.g93fc084-0ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.15.901-1ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20110411+8378443-1

Joe Barnett (thejoe) wrote :
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Are you using lightdm or gdm?

Can you attach your .xsession-errors file from after reproducing the bug?

You mentioned the regression started just recently; could you narrow down on a date range? We haven't had much change in X, so it's possible the bug is due to something else; knowing roughly when the regression started we can examine your dpkg.log to see what might be causing it. I'm attaching a parsed list of packages that you upgraded in the past couple days.

I notice there was a kernel upgrade in this period; you could try booting into 3.0.0-8 and see if you can reproduce it there (hold down the left shift during boot to bring up the kernel boot menu).

Changed in xterm (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Joe Barnett (thejoe) wrote :

.xsession-errors after crash/endsession attached.

this is with GDM.

pretty sure this was working approximately 2 weeks ago, but not sure exactly when it got broken.

left shift during boot didn't seem to bring up the kernel boot menu; will try again, possible I got the timing of it wrong.

Changed in xterm (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New

Quoting Joe Barnett <email address hidden>:

> Public bug reported:
> As of relatively recently in onieric, if I run xterm, my X session ends
> abruptly.
> tested with gnome-shell's alt+f2 runner as well as running from within a
> gnome-terminal command line.
> ProblemType: Bug
> DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
> Package: xterm 271-1ubuntu2
> ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-9.12-generic 3.0.3
> Uname: Linux 3.0.0-9-generic x86_64
> Architecture: amd64
> CompizPlugins:

This sounds like yet another bug in compiz.

Thomas E. Dickey

... except i'm running gnome-shell/mutter, not compiz...

On Mon, 22 Aug 2011, Joe Barnett wrote:

> .... except i'm running gnome-shell/mutter, not compiz...

The description I read of it sounded as if it uses much of the same code.
(I would comment directly on it, but 11.04 is the latest Ubuntu I've
installed so far, and it refused to run Unity in a VM - and most of
the Ubuntu reports I've seen in the past year have been compiz-related).

Thomas E. Dickey

@Thomas, it does sound like a compiz bug, however "CompositorRunning: None" indicates no compiz. (I thought that would detect gnome-shell/mutter too but perhaps not). In any case, GdmLog2.txt shows:

*** glibc detected *** /usr/bin/Xorg: free(): corrupted unsorted chunks: 0x0000000002b844c0 ***
======= Backtrace: =========

Which is why I asked about lightdm vs. gdm. That log shows a 8/12 build date on xserver, which seems to correspond with the timeframe of 2 weeks. So, while xterm might be triggering it, it's looking more like an xserver bug to me.

affects: xterm (Ubuntu) → xorg-server (Ubuntu)
Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

@Joe, could you collect a full backtrace on this bug? I think it'd provide some better details than was captured in that log.

See http://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Backtracing for guidance on collecting backtraces. In this case I think skip the apport bits, and use gdb directly.

Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Incomplete
Joe Barnett (thejoe) wrote :

debug bt attached

Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Joe Barnett (thejoe) wrote :

not sure if related, but as of today* noticing weird potentially damage-related issues in gnome-terminal/chromium-browser:

if i have two tabs open and switch between them, the terminal/tab display doesn't always update. Sometimes only the tab contents get repainted, sometimes only the tab itself, sometimes neither. if I then unfocus the window, the terminal gets repainted appropriately. let me know if I should file a separate bug for that.

* possibly related to mutter/clutter upgrade? unclear to me...

Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2011-08-30
description: updated
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Hmm, the code is failing on this line in exa_migration_mixed.c in the server:

            pExaPixmap->sys_ptr = malloc(pExaPixmap->sys_pitch *

However the backtrace doesn't indicate what the values are for sys_pitch or drawable.height, so it's unclear why malloc would fail here.

Can you tell me more about your setup? What makes it unusual compared with a stock Ubuntu instance? Any ideas why memory allocation might be failing?

Also, you mentioned that you saw this "relatively recently" - is your implication that this used to work in oneiric and regressed recently? If so, can you give an estimate as to roughly what day (or range of days) the regression began for you?

You mention gnome-shell... are you able to reproduce this bug *only* in gnome-shell, or do you see it under other window managers like unity or unity-2d?

Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Joe Barnett (thejoe) wrote :

Nothing particularly unusual I think... gfx card is a ATI Technologies Inc Broadway PRO [Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series]; probably most unusual part of setup is 1920x1080 laptop screen attached to 1920x1200 monitor. Definitely no idea why malloc would fail.

This worked in oneiric until around when bug report was filed (definitely worked ~2 weeks beforehand, then didn't test for a week, then failed). It also worked in natty, although I just remembered that I was seeing the same behavior towards the end of the natty xorg-edgers updates. It fixed when purging xorg-edgers ppa, and then remained fixed on upgrade to oneiric.

will test with gnome-panel/unity/unity2d later today and let you know. Am also able/willing to do any other testing that would help track this down, as its 100% reproducible by starting xterm (and I've also seen X crash more randomly when, for example, opening a new chromium-browser instance).

Joe Barnett (thejoe) wrote :
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ok, right now getting X to freeze/lock up instead of exit when starting xterm. tested in gnome-panel, gnome-shell, and unity sessions

also seeing this in /var/log/Xorg.0.log and /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old (should correspond to gnome-panel and unity attempts, respectively):


[ 253.514]
[ 253.533] 0: /usr/bin/Xorg (xorg_backtrace+0x26) [0x460436]
[ 253.533] 1: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x64a4a) [0x464a4a]
[ 253.533] 2: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 (0x7fda9cff3000+0x10040) [0x7fda9d003040]
[ 253.533] 3: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0x7fda9bf0e000+0x7a29b) [0x7fda9bf8829b]
[ 253.533] 4: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (__libc_malloc+0x6d) [0x7fda9bf8a77d]
[ 253.533] 5: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/libexa.so (0x7fda9943e000+0x8e54) [0x7fda99446e54]
[ 253.533] 6: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/libexa.so (0x7fda9943e000+0x13337) [0x7fda99451337]
[ 253.533] 7: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0xdd33a) [0x4dd33a]
[ 253.533] 8: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0xe109d) [0x4e109d]
[ 253.534] 9: /usr/bin/Xorg (doImageText+0x23f) [0x4316cf]
[ 253.534] 10: /usr/bin/Xorg (ImageText+0x40) [0x432b40]
[ 253.534] 11: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x2d222) [0x42d222]
[ 253.534] 12: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x2fb39) [0x42fb39]
[ 253.534] 13: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x232ae) [0x4232ae]
[ 253.534] 14: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (__libc_start_main+0xed) [0x7fda9bf2f30d]
[ 253.534] 15: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x2359d) [0x42359d]
[ 253.534] Segmentation fault at address (nil)
[ 253.534]
Caught signal 11 (Segmentation fault). Server aborting
[ 253.534]
Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support
         at http://wiki.x.org
 for help.
[ 253.534] Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.
[ 253.534]
[ 257.818] [mi] EQ overflowing. The server is probably stuck in an infinite loop.
[ 257.818]
[ 257.836] 0: /usr/bin/Xorg (xorg_backtrace+0x26) [0x460436]
[ 257.836] 1: /usr/bin/Xorg (mieqEnqueue+0x201) [0x45a891]
[ 257.836] 2: /usr/bin/Xorg (xf86PostMotionEventM+0xa3) [0x480463]
[ 257.836] 3: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so (0x7fda9644f000+0x5f23) [0x7fda96454f23]
[ 257.836] 4: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/evdev_drv.so (0x7fda9644f000+0x65fb) [0x7fda964555fb]
[ 257.836] 5: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x6d947) [0x46d947]
[ 257.836] 6: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x121b9e) [0x521b9e]
[ 257.836] 7: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 (0x7fda9cff3000+0x10040) [0x7fda9d003040]
[ 257.836] 8: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0x7fda9bf0e000+0xefb8e) [0x7fda9bffdb8e]
[ 257.836] 9: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0x7fda9bf0e000+0x7e9df) [0x7fda9bf8c9df]
[ 257.836] 10: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (cfree+0x61) [0x7fda9bf8ad71]
[ 257.836] 11: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x6bc62) [0x46bc62]
[ 257.837] 12: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x6c0e4) [0x46c0e4]
[ 257.837] 13: /usr/bin/Xorg (CloseWellKnownConnections+0x2f) [0x460f1f]
[ 257.837] 14: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x639a8) [0x4639a8]
[ 257.837] 15: /usr/bin/Xorg (0x400000+0x645b3) [0x4645b3]
[ 257.837] 16: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 (0x7fda9cff3000+0x10040) [0x7fda9d003040]
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Joe Barnett (thejoe) on 2011-08-30
Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
summary: - running 'xterm' exists X session
+ running 'xterm' crashes X server
Joe Barnett (thejoe) wrote :

hmm.... is working again now; not sure what changed?!

Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Hey thejoe,

Hi, thanks for reporting this issue during the development period of

I notice there's not been further comments to the bug report since the
release came out, would you mind updating us on the status of it in the

Are you still able to reproduce the issue? If not, do you think the bug
report can be closed, or do you think we should continue tracking it?

Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Joe Barnett (thejoe) wrote :

ok with closing this one, haven't seen since 2011-09-12 on oneiric

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for xorg-server (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in xorg-server (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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