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Running in gdb to file a bug report

This article aims to provide a couple of guidelines of how to debug Tvheadend with GDB.

This method is by far the best one as it yields most info. Especially if you have compiled the source yourself.
It does assume that you are able to reproduce the bug since you probably won't be running Tvheadend inside a gdb session normally.

To start Tvheadend from a gdb session just execute this command when standing in the dir where tvheadend is checked out.

$ gdb --args build.Linux/tvheadend -d

Or, If you get repeatable crashes in the installed binary you can also run gdb on that binary. In order to that you must disable the running daemon and run the binary as the hts user (or it won't pick up the correct config, etc)

$ sudo /etc/init.d/hts-tvheadend stop
$ sudo -u hts -i
$ gdb --args /usr/bin/tvheadend -d

GNU gdb (GDB) 7.1-ubuntu
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There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.  Type "show copying" 
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This GDB was configured as "i486-linux-gnu".
For bug reporting instructions, please see:
<http://www.gnu.org/software/gdb/bugs/>...
Reading symbols from /home/andoma/tvheadend/build.Linux/tvheadend...done.
(gdb) r

Eventually the program will crash. Then execute these three commands and paste in the bug report.

Register dump

(gdb) info reg
eax            0x0    0
ecx            0x10    16
edx            0x80cd818    135059480
ebx            0x8178d90    135761296
esp            0xb45ff140    0xb45ff140
ebp            0xb45ff168    0xb45ff168
esi            0x80f9f18    135241496
edi            0xb45ff220    -1268780512
eip            0x8057ec8    0x8057ec8 <subscription_unsubscribe+200>
eflags         0x10282    [ SF IF RF ]
cs             0x73    115
ss             0x7b    123
ds             0x7b    123
es             0x7b    123
fs             0x0    0
gs             0x33    51

Disassembly of code around the crash

(gdb) disassemble $pc-32,$pc+32
Dump of assembler code from 0x8057ea8 to 0x8057ee8:
   0x08057ea8 <subscription_unsubscribe+168>:    add    $0x24,%al
   0x08057eaa <subscription_unsubscribe+170>:    call   0x804a814 <[email protected]>
   0x08057eaf <subscription_unsubscribe+175>:    mov    %ebx,(%esp)
   0x08057eb2 <subscription_unsubscribe+178>:    call   0x804a814 <[email protected]>
   0x08057eb7 <subscription_unsubscribe+183>:    call   0x80579c0 <subscription_reschedule>
   0x08057ebc <subscription_unsubscribe+188>:    mov    0x80c8bc8,%eax
   0x08057ec1 <subscription_unsubscribe+193>:    lea    0x0(%esi,%eiz,1),%esi
=> 0x08057ec8 <subscription_unsubscribe+200>:    mov    (%eax),%edx
   0x08057eca <subscription_unsubscribe+202>:    test   %edx,%edx
   0x08057ecc <subscription_unsubscribe+204>:    je     0x8057ed4 <subscription_unsubscribe+212>
   0x08057ece <subscription_unsubscribe+206>:    mov    0x4(%eax),%ecx
   0x08057ed1 <subscription_unsubscribe+209>:    mov    %ecx,0x4(%edx)
   0x08057ed4 <subscription_unsubscribe+212>:    mov    0x4(%eax),%ecx
   0x08057ed7 <subscription_unsubscribe+215>:    mov    %edx,(%ecx)
   0x08057ed9 <subscription_unsubscribe+217>:    mov    (%eax),%eax
   0x08057edb <subscription_unsubscribe+219>:    jmp    0x8057ec8 <subscription_unsubscribe+200>
   0x08057edd <subscription_unsubscribe+221>:    mov    0x2c(%ebx),%eax
   0x08057ee0 <subscription_unsubscribe+224>:    movl   $0x8094ad9,0x8(%esp)

Full backtrace

(gdb) bt full
#0  subscription_unsubscribe (s=0x0) at /home/andoma/tvheadend/src/subscriptions.c:221
        t = 0x80f9f18
#1  0x08061609 in htsp_subscription_destroy (htsp=0xb45ff220, hs=0x81762b8) at /home/andoma/tvheadend/src/htsp.c:240
No locals.
#2  0x080616e9 in htsp_method_unsubscribe (htsp=0xb45ff220, in=0x817a468) at /home/andoma/tvheadend/src/htsp.c:806
        s = 0x81762b8
        sid = 1
#3  0x080632ac in htsp_read_loop (fd=38, opaque=0x0, source=0x80d5774, self=0x80d5784) at /home/andoma/tvheadend/src/htsp.c:1065
        m = 0x817a468
        i = 8
        reply = <value optimized out>
        r = <value optimized out>
        method = <value optimized out>
#4  htsp_serve (fd=38, opaque=0x0, source=0x80d5774, self=0x80d5784) at /home/andoma/tvheadend/src/htsp.c:1188
        htsp = {htsp_fd = 38, htsp_peer = 0x80d5774, htsp_version = 0, htsp_logname = 0x80d3420 "127.0.0.1 [ HTS Showtime ]", 
          htsp_peername = 0x80ccf50 "127.0.0.1", htsp_username = 0x0, htsp_clientname = 0x80d7dd0 "HTS Showtime", htsp_async_mode = 1, 
          htsp_async_link = {le_next = 0x0, le_prev = 0x80c7e30}, htsp_writer_thread = 3017796464, htsp_writer_run = 1, htsp_active_output_queues = {
            tqh_first = 0x0, tqh_last = 0xb45ff250}, htsp_out_mutex = {+data = {+lock = 0, +count = 0, +owner = 0, +kind = 0, +nusers = 1, {

htsp_out_cond = {+data = {+lock = 0, futex = 119, +total_seq = 60, +wakeup_seq = 59, +woken_seq = 59, +mutex = 0xb45ff258,
+nwaiters = 2, +broadcast_seq = 0},
+size = "\000\000\000\000w\000\000\000<\000\000\000\000\000\000\000;\000\000\000\000\000\000\000;\000\000\000\000\000\000\000X\362_\264\002\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000", +align = 511101108224}, htsp_hmq_ctrl = {hmq_q = {tqh_first = 0x0, tqh_last = 0xb45ff2a0}, hmq_link = {
tqe_next = 0x0, tqe_prev = 0xb45ff250}, hmq_strict_prio = 0, hmq_length = 0, hmq_payload = 0}, htsp_hmq_epg = {hmq_q = {
tqh_first = 0x0, tqh_last = 0xb45ff2bc}, hmq_link = {tqe_next = 0x0, tqe_prev = 0x0}, hmq_strict_prio = 0, hmq_length = 0,
hmq_payload = 0}, htsp_hmq_qstatus = {hmq_q = {tqh_first = 0x0, tqh_last = 0xb45ff2d8}, hmq_link = {tqe_next = 0x81762e4,
tqe_prev = 0xb45ff250}, hmq_strict_prio = 1, hmq_length = 0, hmq_payload = 0}, htsp_subscriptions = {lh_first = 0x0},
htsp_granted_access = 15, htsp_challenge = "\033\231\367B\270ʙ\375q~\272r\305&vә\\aۑ9\332+IM\036\365K\241\067K"}
buf = "127.0.0.1", '\000' <repeats 20 times>
s = <value optimized out>
#5 0x0804d7a3 in tcp_server_start (aux=0x80d5768) at /home/andoma/tvheadend/src/tcp.c:397
val = 1
#6 0x0018b96e in start_thread (arg=0xb45ffb70) at pthread_create.c:300
---Type <return> to continue, or q <return> to quit---
+res = <value optimized out>
+ignore1 = <value optimized out>
+ignore2 = <value optimized out>
pd = 0xb45ffb70
now = <value optimized out>
unwind_buf = {cancel_jmp_buf = {{jmp_buf = {1687540, 0, 4001536, -1268779880, 1031645625, -1276594991}, mask_was_saved = 0}}, priv = {pad = {

not_first_call = <value optimized out>
robust = <value optimized out>
freesize = <value optimized out>
+PRETTY_FUNCTION
= "start_thread"
#7 0x00292a4e in clone () at ../sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/i386/clone.S:130
No locals.

Using the crash info from syslog

Starting with r5182 the output in syslog (/var/log/daemon.log) from a crash looks like this:

[ALERT]:CRASH: Signal: 11 in PRG: build.Linux/tvheadend (SVN-r5179) [4c9746188f23f5e04863d2d8388833b71f45cbf4] CWD: /home/andoma/tvheadend  
[ALERT]:CRASH: Fault address 0x3 (Address not mapped)
[ALERT]:CRASH: Loaded libraries: /lib/tls/i686/cmov/librt.so.1 /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libcrypt.so.1 /usr/lib/libavahi-common.so.3 /usr/lib/libavahi-client.so.3 /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libpthread.so.0 /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libm.so.6 /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6 /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libdl.so.2 /lib/ld-linux.so.2 /lib/libdbus-1.so.3 /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libnss_compat.so.2 /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libnsl.so.1 /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libnss_nis.so.2 /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libnss_files.so.2  
[ALERT]:CRASH: Register dump r19: 00000033 00000000 0000007b 0000007b 00000001 000003e8 bfb2c948 bfb2c7d0 000003e8 0000009c 0028d36c 00000000 0000000e 00000006 0804bbc3 00000073 00010246 bfb2c7d0 0000007b 
[ALERT]:CRASH: STACKTRACE
[ALERT]:CRASH: build.Linux/tvheadend 0x80678a9
[ALERT]:CRASH: +kernel_rt_sigreturn+0x0  ()
[ALERT]:CRASH: +libc_start_main+0xe6  (/lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6)
[ALERT]:CRASH: build.Linux/tvheadend 0x804aee1

Just paste this info in the bug report

Updated by Adam Sutton over 8 years ago · 7 revisions