[Evolution] Bug#361179: evolution: Hangs with "invalid pointer" error when attempting to render message

Mike Hicks hick0088 at tc.umn.edu
Fri Apr 7 03:56:56 UTC 2006

Package: evolution
Severity: important

My computer experienced a power outage today, and evolution is not
happy.  I started with version from testing, and it would hang
shortly after starting (without drawing a window) with output like this:

  [mike at 3po][~]$ evolution 
  adding hook target 'source'
  *** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x087bcbb0 ***

I tried strace'ing evolution, and the last few lines of output indicated
that one of the processes threw a SIGABRT signal at just about the time
the invalid pointer message was printed.  Scrolling back, it looked like
a plugin had just been loaded, so I tried again, but with the
"--disable-eplugins" parameter.  This time, I got some more messages and
a window appeared, but it seemed to hang right away.

I went into the ~/.evolution/mail/local/ tree and deleted the metadata
files for the folder Evolution was opening right away, and that helped
slightly.  That time, the mailer opened up and was responsive until I
clicked on a message and it started to be drawn on the screen.  It was
only partially rendered before another "invalid pointer" message

I tried clearing out the metadata files for all of the mailboxes, but
that didn't help.  Unfortunately, this led to the apparently infamous
message "folder and summary mismatch even after sync".

I tried upgrading to evolution-, but this didn't get me any
farther (except that I didn't have to specify the "--disable-eplugins"
parameter to see the GUI pop up, though that might have been because of
other things I did).

Here's the output I get when starting up Evolution and clicking on most
messages (a few short messages can get displayed without trouble).

  [mike at 3po][~]$ evolution
  adding hook target 'source'
  (evolution:14171): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_gc_set_foreground: assertion
  `GDK_IS_GC (gc)' failed
  ** (evolution:14171): WARNING **: Failed to connect to the D-BUS daemon:
  Unable to determine the address of the message bus
  *** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x0880a750 ***

Evolution is unusable for me.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (988, 'testing'), (500, 'stable'), (499, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.15-1-k7
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US (charmap=ISO-8859-1)

Versions of packages evolution depends on:
ii  evolution-dat                  evolution database backend server
ii  gconf2        2.14.0-1                   GNOME configuration database syste
ii  gnome-icon-th 2.12.1-2                   GNOME Desktop icon theme
ii  gtkhtml3.8    3.8.1-1.1                  HTML rendering/editing library - b
ii  libart-2.0-2  2.3.17-1                   Library of functions for 2D graphi
ii  libatk1.0-0   1.11.3-1                   The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libaudiofile0 0.2.6-6                    Open-source version of SGI's audio
ii  libavahi-clie 0.6.7-1                    Avahi client library
ii  libavahi-comm 0.6.9-8                    Avahi common library
ii  libavahi-comp 0.6.7-1                    Avahi Howl compatibility library
ii  libavahi-glib 0.6.7-1                    Avahi glib integration library
ii  libbonobo2-0  2.14.0-1                   Bonobo CORBA interfaces library
ii  libbonoboui2- 2.10.1-2                   The Bonobo UI library
ii  libc6         2.3.6-3                    GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libcairo2     1.0.2-3                    The Cairo 2D vector graphics libra
ii  libcamel1.2-6                  The Evolution MIME message handlin
ii  libcomerr2    1.38+1.39-WIP-2005.12.31-1 common error description library
ii  libdb4.2      4.2.52-23.1                Berkeley v4.2 Database Libraries [
ii  libdbus-1-2   0.61-5                     simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libebook1.2-5                  Client library for evolution addre
ii  libecal1.2-3                  Client library for evolution calen
ii  libedataserve                  Utility library for evolution data
ii  libedataserve                  GUI utility library for evolution 
ii  libesd0       0.2.36-3                   Enlightened Sound Daemon - Shared 
ii  libfontconfig 2.3.2-1.1                  generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6  2.1.10-1                   FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libgail-commo 1.8.11-1                   GNOME Accessibility Implementation
ii  libgail17     1.8.11-1                   GNOME Accessibility Implementation
ii  libgconf2-4   2.14.0-1                   GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libgcrypt11   1.2.2-1                    LGPL Crypto library - runtime libr
ii  libglade2-0   1:2.5.1-2                  library to load .glade files at ru
ii  libglib2.0-0  2.10.1-2                   The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome-keyr 0.4.9-1                    GNOME keyring services library
ii  libgnome-pilo 2.0.12-1.4                 Support libraries for gnome-pilot
ii  libgnome2-0                 The GNOME 2 library - runtime file
ii  libgnomecanva 2.14.0-1                   A powerful object-oriented display
ii  libgnomeprint 2.12.1-3                   The GNOME 2.2 print architecture -
ii  libgnomeprint 2.12.1-2                   GNOME 2.2 print architecture User 
ii  libgnomeui-0  2.12.1-1                   The GNOME 2 libraries (User Interf
ii  libgnomevfs2- 2.14.0-2                   GNOME virtual file-system (runtime
ii  libgnutls11   1.0.16-14                  GNU TLS library - runtime library
ii  libgpg-error0 1.2-1                      library for common error values an
ii  libgtk2.0-0   2.8.16-1                   The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libgtkhtml3.8 3.8.1-1                    HTML rendering/editing library - r
ii  libice6       6.9.0.dfsg.1-4             Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libjpeg62     6b-12                      The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG 
ii  libkrb53      1.4.3-6                    MIT Kerberos runtime libraries
ii  libldap2      2.1.30-13                  OpenLDAP libraries
ii  libnspr4      2:1.7.12-1.1               Netscape Portable Runtime Library
ii  libnss3       2:1.7.12-1.1               Network Security Service Libraries
ii  liborbit2     1:2.14.0-1                 libraries for ORBit2 - a CORBA ORB
ii  libpango1.0-0 1.12.0-2                   Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpisock8    0.11.8-21                  Library for communicating with a P
ii  libpisync0    0.11.8-21                  Synchronization library for PalmOS
ii  libpng12-0    1.2.8rel-5                 PNG library - runtime
ii  libpopt0      1.7-5                      lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii  libsm6        6.9.0.dfsg.1-4             X Window System Session Management
ii  libsoup2.2-8  2.2.91-1                   an HTTP library implementation in 
ii  libtasn1-2    0.2.17-1                   Manage ASN.1 structures (runtime)
ii  libx11-6      6.9.0.dfsg.1-4             X Window System protocol client li
ii  libxcursor1   1.1.3-1                    X cursor management library
ii  libxext6      6.9.0.dfsg.1-4             X Window System miscellaneous exte
ii  libxi6        6.9.0.dfsg.1-4             X Window System Input extension li
ii  libxinerama1  6.9.0.dfsg.1-4             X Window System multi-head display
ii  libxml2       2.6.23.dfsg.2-3            GNOME XML library
ii  libxrandr2    6.9.0.dfsg.1-4             X Window System Resize, Rotate and
ii  libxrender1   1:                X Rendering Extension client libra
ii  zlib1g        1:1.2.3-11                 compression library - runtime

Versions of packages evolution recommends:
ii  evolution-plugins     All bundled plugins for Evolution
ii  gnome-desktop-data          2.12.3-1     Common files for GNOME 2 desktop a
ii  gnome-pilot-conduits        2.0.12-2     conduits for gnome-pilot
ii  mozilla-psm                 2:1.7.12-1.1 The Mozilla Internet application s
ii  spamassassin                3.1.0a-2     Perl-based spam filter using text 

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