Re: [dev] [wmii] Reproducible crashes with "dead" windows

From: Tom Kazimiers <>
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 22:21:45 +0100


thanks for the reply Suraj.

> This error is caused by an incomplete status bar definition: there a
> status bar applet defined in your config which lacks a "label"
> subsection.

I looked into my config file and found the following status bar applets:

But why should a applet fail that late? I mean, it seems to work all the
time except such situations.

>> So I guess Sunakus ruby wmiirc is the problem?
> I don't think so :) wmiirc crashes generally do not cause wmii to
> crash. It is a serious matter if the entire WM crashes, leaving you
> at a virtual terminal.

Well, ok :-). I am not exactly left on a virtual terminal. More I am
thrown to gdm - the login screen. But I guess there is not much
difference in this case.

> I would recommend that you enable core dumps (ulimit -c unlimited),
> run wmii, cause the crash to occur, and send a GDB backtrace to this
> mailing list:
> gdb `which wmii` your_core_dump_file
> bt full

Thanks for the tip. If I have done it correctly I get no core file
generated. To enable core dumps I executed "ulimit -c unlimited" and
instead of starting "wmii" after login, I started the above gdb line.
Unfortunately without success, did I do something wrong?

But what I got is more log entries from "~/.wmii-hg/wmiirc.log":

E, [2010-02-17T02:08:29.687682 #31728] ERROR -- : Broken pipe (Errno::EPIPE)
/home/tom/.gem/ruby/1.8/gems/rumai-3.2.0/lib/rumai/fs.rb:87:in `open'
/home/tom/.gem/ruby/1.8/gems/rumai-3.2.0/lib/rumai/fs.rb:103:in `each_line'

I have no idea if I overlooked those entries before or if they just

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