Zenity --list uses 100%cpu and does nothing

Bug #995435 reported by Nick on 2012-05-06
This bug affects 16 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
zenity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Lubuntu 12.04-64
Zenity and zenity-common 3.4.0-0ubuntu3 from proposed/main archive.ubuntu.com

Eternal Lands (MMORPG-client) script (part of script):
 sort -u $serverfile | tr -d '\015' | grep -v -e ^$ -e ^# | \
 while read name dir server port description
  echo $name
  echo $description
  echo $server
  echo $port
  echo $dir
 done | \
 zenity --title="Eternal Lands Launcher${non_standard}" --width=450 --height=280 \
  --list \
  --column "Name" \
  --column "Description" \
  --column "Server" \
  --column "Port" \
  --column "Directory" \
  --text "Choose the Server/Configuration - main is the standard"

When this script start - zenity get 25% of CPU and 22 Mb RSS and 430 Mb memory - and nothing (not window, not anything)...

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in zenity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
yurx cherio (cherio) wrote :

After upgrading to 12.04 none of my zenity scripts that rely on the "--list" option work. They all hang consuming 100% of one CPU core. I am surprised this slipped into the LTS release.

Andy S (andy-speed) wrote :

I am also affected by this as it hangs while consuming one of the cpu cores but never displays anything.

Julian Taylor (jtaylor) wrote :

it busy waits in tree.c:123:
123 while (g_io_channel_get_flags(channel) != G_IO_FLAG_IS_READABLE)
124 ;

summary: - Zenity do not work?
+ Zenity --list uses 100%cpu and does nothing
Changed in zenity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Julian Taylor (jtaylor) wrote :

easy to reproduce from an manpage example
find . -name '*' | zenity --list --title "Search Results" --text "Finding all header files.." --column "Files"

Julian Taylor (jtaylor) wrote :

revised listview patch

Changed in zenity:
importance: Unknown → Critical
status: Unknown → Fix Released
tags: added: patch
Julian Taylor (jtaylor) on 2012-05-08
no longer affects: zenity (Debian)
Julian Taylor (jtaylor) on 2012-05-08
tags: added: regression-release

Hello Nick, or anyone else affected,

Accepted zenity into precise-proposed. The package will build now and be available in a few hours. Please test and give feedback here. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Thank you in advance!

Changed in zenity (Ubuntu Precise):
status: New → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
Paul Broadhead (pjbroad) wrote :

The packages in proposed fix the problem for me. Thanks.

Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

I also confirm that the hangs are gone, using both test cases in this bug and in bug 968534.

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
Rico Zoss (rico.zoss) wrote :

I also confim that the packages in proposed fix the problem for me. Thanks.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package zenity - 3.4.0-0ubuntu4

zenity (3.4.0-0ubuntu4) precise-proposed; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/git_gio_get_flags.patch:
    - git patch backport to fix zenity running into a cpu loop when using
      the --list option (regression from the previous upload),
      thanks Julian Taylor (lp: #995435)
 -- Sebastien Bacher <email address hidden> Thu, 10 May 2012 10:13:54 -0700

Changed in zenity (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Dmitry Shachnev (mitya57) wrote :

zenity (3.4.0-2) unstable; urgency=low

  [ Jordi Mallach ]
  * Mark zenity as Multi-Arch: foreign (thanks, Stéphane Graber).

  [ Michael Biebl ]
  * debian/patches/02_fix_segfault_in_listview.patch: Fix segfault when using
    --list option. Patch cherry-picked from upstream Git. Closes: #668292
  * Set <email address hidden> as Maintainer.

 -- Michael Biebl <email address hidden> Sat, 12 May 2012 21:12:05 +0200

Changed in zenity (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Alkis Georgopoulos (alkisg) wrote :

Zenity here in Trusty is still causing 100% CPU.
Just run:

$ zenity --list --column X </dev/null

...and try to close it, it won't close but stderr will be full of those:

(zenity:8103): GLib-WARNING **: /build/buildd/glib2.0-2.32.4/./glib/giounix.c:411Error while getting flags for FD: Bad file descriptor (9)

Changed in zenity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Triaged
Changed in zenity:
status: Fix Released → New
Changed in zenity:
status: New → Fix Released
Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) wrote :

I can confirm #13 for trusty.

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