Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 853609
liveinstaller crashes when selecting german language
Last modified: 2012-09-06 10:09:42 EDT
Description of problem:
When I start the live installier (F18 Alpha TC5), select German as language and press next the installer dies.
Leaving the default selection (english) works (i.e I can press next without having the installer crash).
I do not have any logfiles as my VM crashes when I try to copy the text, but it is 100% reproduceable.
NOTE: I can only reproduce the crash when selecting the language at the first screen, the one in the installation summary works.
With Czech language Anaconda enters hub screen OK. The problem with German is probably related to bug 853913. The dialog is too wide, it is not rendered properly (just gray box) and after few seconds anaconda quits as a whole.
*** Bug 853889 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
It only appears on the welcome language screen because the problem is a result of trying to draw the beta warning. And you're not getting any log files because it's some sort of pango error that then results in a segfault. If you run liveinst from a terminal, you'll see.
Note that there doesn't appear to be anything in the alpha criteria specific to translations.
(In reply to comment #4)
> Note that there doesn't appear to be anything in the alpha criteria specific
> to translations.
That doesn't matter the installer shouldn't outright crash just because the user has selected a different option on the first screen.
Do you have any idea what package or font provides the characters that are currently being displayed as Xs? I'm seeing that before getting any crashes, and this does not appear to be an issue on regular installs.
(In reply to comment #6)
> Do you have any idea what package or font provides the characters that are
> currently being displayed as Xs? I'm seeing that before getting any
> crashes, and this does not appear to be an issue on regular installs.
From the pango messages printed out in the terminal it looks like the characters are not valid UTF-8 (there are supposed to be umlauts). The font used is Cantarell so the font package would be abattis-cantarell-fonts. Perhaps the german translations contain non UTF-8 strings?
Please see bug 854688 - it seems that locale is incorrectly set and therefore the characters are not rendered properly.
Discussed at 2012-09-05 blocker review meeting. Accepted as a blocker per criterion "The installer must boot and run on all primary architectures, with all system firmware types that are common on those architectures, from default live image, DVD, and boot.iso install media when written to an optical disc and when written to a USB stick with at least one of the officially supported methods", in the case of picking certain languages for the installation process. We consider the languages that cause the crash to be sufficiently commonly used for this to be a blocker.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 854688 ***