Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 431093
Pidgin hangs when trying to play a sound
Last modified: 2008-11-26 12:37:16 EST
Description of problem:
The last yum upgrade i did broked something.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start pidgin
2. Wait for a guification to appear...
Show guification. Continue working.
Last updates i did were:
Jan 21 22:11:46 Updated: docbook-style-xsl - 1.73.2-4.fc8.noarch
Jan 21 22:11:47 Updated: libxml2-python - 2.6.31-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 21 22:13:58 Installed: cairo - 1.4.14-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 21 22:14:00 Installed: popt - 1.13-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 21 22:14:49 Installed: evolution - 2.12.2-3.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:17:26 Updated: bash - 3.2-20.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:17:31 Updated: libacl - 2.2.39-13.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:17:32 Installed: e2fsprogs-libs - 1.40.2-12.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:17:33 Updated: cups-libs - 1:1.3.5-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:17:47 Updated: gtk2 - 2.12.5-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:17:47 Updated: audit-libs - 1.6.5-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:17:54 Updated: evolution-data-server - 1.12.3-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:17:55 Updated: libnl - 1.0-0.15.pre8.git20071218.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:17:55 Updated: libXfont - 1.3.1-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:17:56 Updated: libbeagle - 0.2.18-4.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:00 Updated: gtkhtml3 - 3.16.3-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:00 Updated: SDL - 1.2.13-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:01 Updated: pixman - 0.9.6-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:05 Updated: nfs-utils-lib - 1.1.0-4.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:06 Installed: pulseaudio-libs - 0.9.8-5.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:07 Updated: bind-libs - 32:9.5.0-23.b1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:08 Installed: libutempter - 1.1.5-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:10 Installed: wpa_supplicant - 1:0.5.7-21.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:11 Installed: dhclient - 12:3.0.6-12.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:16 Installed: mesa-libGL - 7.0.2-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:17 Installed: libdhcp4client - 12:3.0.6-12.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:18 Updated: gsf-sharp - 0.8.1-6.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:19 Installed: e2fsprogs-libs - 1.40.2-12.fc8.i386
Jan 31 11:18:20 Updated: cups-libs - 1:1.3.5-2.fc8.i386
Jan 31 11:18:22 Installed: cairo - 1.4.14-1.fc8.i386
Jan 31 11:18:23 Installed: mesa-libGLU - 7.0.2-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:27 Updated: system-config-printer-libs - 0.7.74.10-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:32 Installed: wv - 1.2.4-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:39 Updated: beagle - 0.2.18-4.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:43 Updated: beagle-gui - 0.2.18-4.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:58 Updated: vim-common - 2:7.1.211-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:18:59 Updated: libupnp - 1.6.3-3.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:00 Installed: pulseaudio-core-libs - 0.9.8-5.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:10 Updated: gtk2 - 2.12.5-1.fc8.i386
Jan 31 11:19:25 Installed: pulseaudio - 0.9.8-5.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:27 Updated: libacl - 2.2.39-13.fc8.i386
Jan 31 11:19:29 Updated: alsa-plugins-pulseaudio - 1.0.15-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:32 Updated: vim-enhanced - 2:7.1.211-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:33 Updated: libdhcp - 1.27-4.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:35 Updated: xterm - 231-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:36 Updated: bind-utils - 32:9.5.0-23.b1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:37 Updated: libbeagle-python - 0.2.18-4.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:43 Updated: xorg-x11-server-Xorg - 18.104.22.168-40.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:45 Updated: audit-libs-python - 1.6.5-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:19:48 Updated: audit - 1.6.5-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:06 Updated: cups - 1:1.3.5-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:07 Updated: acl - 2.2.39-13.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:11 Updated: tar - 2:1.17-5.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:13 Updated: vim-minimal - 2:7.1.211-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:21 Updated: hsqldb - 1:22.214.171.124-1jpp.5.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:22 Updated: smartmontools - 1:5.37-7.3.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:25 Updated: less - 406-14.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:27 Updated: acpid - 1.0.6-5.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:41 Updated: groff - 126.96.36.199-11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:43 Updated: glib-java - 0.2.6-10.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:46 Updated: iptraf - 3.0.0-8.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:53 Installed: mesa-libGL-devel - 7.0.2-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:55 Installed: mesa-libGLU-devel - 7.0.2-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:58 Installed: cairo-devel - 1.4.14-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:20:59 Installed: yum-downloadonly - 1.1.10-1.fc8.noarch
Jan 31 11:21:13 Updated: gtk2-devel - 2.12.5-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:21:15 Updated: yum-cron - 0.7-1.fc8.noarch
Jan 31 11:21:19 Updated: SDL-devel - 1.2.13-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:21:20 Updated: beagle-evolution - 0.2.18-4.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:21:26 Updated: system-config-printer - 0.7.74.10-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:21:29 Updated: libacl-devel - 2.2.39-13.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:21:31 Updated: pixman-devel - 0.9.6-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:21:33 Updated: libXfont-devel - 1.3.1-2.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:21:42 Updated: evolution-data-server-devel - 1.12.3-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:22:06 Updated: xchat - 1:2.8.4-11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:22:10 Updated: liberation-fonts - 1.0-1.fc8.noarch
Jan 31 11:22:20 Installed: kernel-devel - 188.8.131.52-107.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:22:20 Updated: groff-perl - 184.108.40.206-11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:22:27 Updated: urw-fonts - 2.4-3.fc8.noarch
Jan 31 11:22:27 Updated: xdg-utils - 1.0.2-4.fc8.noarch
Jan 31 11:22:34 Updated: docbook-style-xsl - 1.73.2-5.fc8.noarch
Jan 31 11:22:36 Updated: kernel-headers - 220.127.116.11-107.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:22:38 Updated: logwatch - 7.3.6-13.fc8.noarch
Jan 31 11:22:39 Updated: hwdata - 0.215-1.fc8.noarch
Jan 31 11:23:20 Installed: kernel - 18.104.22.168-107.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:23:21 Updated: NetworkManager-glib - 1:0.7.0-0.6.7.svn3204.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:23:23 Updated: NetworkManager - 1:0.7.0-0.6.7.svn3204.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:23:34 Updated: NetworkManager-openvpn - 1:0.7.0-6.svn3169.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:24:21 Updated: evolution - 2.12.3-1.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 11:24:25 Updated: NetworkManager-gnome - 1:0.7.0-0.6.7.svn3204.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:18:07 Installed: libicu - 3.8-5.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:19:30 Updated: openoffice.org-core - 1:2.3.0-6.11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:19:38 Updated: openoffice.org-calc - 1:2.3.0-6.11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:19:46 Updated: openoffice.org-langpack-es - 1:2.3.0-6.11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:19:48 Updated: openoffice.org-math - 1:2.3.0-6.11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:19:50 Updated: openoffice.org-impress - 1:2.3.0-6.11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:19:51 Updated: openoffice.org-graphicfilter - 1:2.3.0-6.11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:19:52 Updated: openoffice.org-draw - 1:2.3.0-6.11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:19:52 Updated: openoffice.org-xsltfilter - 1:2.3.0-6.11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:19:55 Updated: openoffice.org-writer - 1:2.3.0-6.11.fc8.x86_64
Jan 31 13:19:58 Updated: openoffice.org-langpack-en - 1:2.3.0-6.11.fc8.x86_64
I attach my .xsession.errors.
Created attachment 293622 [details]
The errors on my session
How do you know it is guifications that triggers this? Could it instead be that
whenever a sound is supposed to play it hangs? (You have a lot of pulseaudio and
gstreamer related messages in your xsession errors). Does the problem go away if
you disable guifications, or if you disable sounds?
*** Bug 431091 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Pulseaudio was the problem. I think pidgin must have some error control when
playing sounds, and at least show some error to the user?
Pidgin doesn't directly use pulseaudio, it uses gstreamer. This is definitely
not something Pidgin can do anything about. How did you solve the problem (or
how did you identify that it is pulseaudio)?
Same thing happens to me, if I disable sounds in Pidgin it works fine for days.
If I turn on sounds, it will freeze up randomly, there is no real pattern to it
freezing up. Sounds act weird until it freezes up, sometimes playing sounds,
sometimes not. If I run it from the command line, I get these messages before
it freezes (this was the last time, so I could put info on this ticket)
[john@FedoraB0x bin]$ pidgin
(pidgin:17870): GStreamer-CRITICAL **:
Trying to dispose element play, but it is not in the NULL state.
You need to explicitly set elements to the NULL state before
dropping the final reference, to allow them to clean up.
(pidgin:17870): GStreamer-CRITICAL **: gst_element_set_state: assertion
`GST_IS_ELEMENT (element)' failed
(pidgin:17870): GStreamer-CRITICAL **: gst_object_unref: assertion `((GObject
*) object)->ref_count > 0' failed
If you can, please install pidgin-debuginfo and then when pidgin freezes attach
to it with gdb and get a backtrace almost as described on
You will need to find the pid of the hung pidgin process and run "gdb -p <pid>"
then do "thread apply all bt full" at the gdb prompt.
I tried to find pidgin-debuginfo in yum, but couldn't find it. Where would one
install this from? I will be happy to do this.
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/StackTraces explains how to do this. First install
yum-utils, then "debuginfo-install pidgin" will find and install
pidgin-debuginfo for you.
Created attachment 296265 [details]
GDB Output as requested
I followed the document as described, and this is the output. I ran Pidgin
through GDB before leaving for work, and left it all day. Came home from work
and it was frozen. I tried to do the command without "CONTROL-C" in GDB as
described in document, and wouldn't work. So I CONTROL-C and did it, I have
attached the entire output from starting the application until it freezing and
me typing the commands.
This appears to be stuck in gstreamer, re-assigning.
Created attachment 302291 [details]
Crash output of pidgin
Comment on attachment 302291 [details]
This is happening for me in rawhide as well. I have the latest everything as
of April-13-2008. I am using the livna repository for some extra gst-plugins.
I just noticed that this is for x86_64, it is happening for me on x86
(In reply to comment #12)
> Created an attachment (id=302291) 
> Crash output of pidgin
Those warnings are created by pidgin or one of its plugins. And, especially for
the first one, they show wrong usage of the GStreamer elements.
Get a backtrace of the crash running pidgin with "--g-fatal-warnings", which
will show you where pidgin is using the play element badly. Reassigning to pidgin.
Seems not possible to run pidgin with the --g-fatal-warnings option. Any ideas?
(In reply to comment #16)
> Seems not possible to run pidgin with the --g-fatal-warnings option. Any ideas?
Warren, try either
before running pidgin
Well, this is annoying. When I attempt to reproduce it, it no longer happens.
Can anybody else get the traceback?
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