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Xlerb
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segfault in libxul.so - Update related?

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Hi All,
We have an old Dell D630 Latitude laptop with Mint '18.0 Sarah' 32 bit.
CPU is Core2 Duo T7250. 2G ram, 80G HDD.
Working ok until today, but was updated (virtualbox stuff) yesterday evening.
Now, if I try and start Firefox or Thunderbird nothing happens.
'dmesg | grep error' shows entries like:
firefox[1591]: segfault at 0 ip b2ad49ea sp bfb794bc error 6 in libxul.so[af4dc000+5dfe000]

Similar fault for Thunderbird too but ip and sp (instruction and stack?) pointers are different.
Attempting to start firefox from a command prompt returns immediately with no error or warning message.

Other apps (Libre Office and Gimp) seem to run OK.

Is this just our system?
Any ideas as to how I can fix this would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Martin.

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Re: segfault in libxul.so - Update related?

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Same thing happened to my mother's laptop. Some applications just didn't launch without any error messages. Fortunately, I've decided to look through recent updates. `sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-guest*` solved the problem.

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Re: segfault in libxul.so - Update related?

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Thanks for the suggestion.
I've just tried.... It says 'Package 'Virtualbox' is not installed so not removed.'

Any other suggestions anyone ?

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Re: segfault in libxul.so - Update related?

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Xlerb wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:19 pm
Thanks for the suggestion.
I've just tried.... It says 'Package 'Virtualbox' is not installed so not removed.'

Any other suggestions anyone ?
Are you sure?

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dpkg --get-selections | grep virtualbox

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Re: segfault in libxul.so - Update related?

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martin@doghouse ~ $ dpkg --get-selections | grep virtualbox
virtualbox-guest-dkms install
virtualbox-guest-utils install
virtualbox-guest-x11 install
martin@doghouse ~ $

There's more to it I think - I couldn't start a text editor to copy/paste the above into (I'm doing this on another PC of course).
Had to use Libre Office for plain text!

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Re: segfault in libxul.so - Update related?

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Xlerb wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:41 pm
martin@doghouse ~ $ dpkg --get-selections | grep virtualbox
virtualbox-guest-dkms install
virtualbox-guest-utils install
virtualbox-guest-x11 install
martin@doghouse ~ $

There's more to it I think - I couldn't start a text editor to copy/paste the above into (I'm doing this on another PC of course).
Had to use Libre Office for plain text!
virtualbox-guest-x11 is installed, so remove it.

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apt remove virtualbox-guest*
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=266478

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Re: segfault in libxul.so - Update related?

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That's fixed it !!
Thanks.

Out of interest what was the underlying issue?

Regards,
Martin

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Re: segfault in libxul.so - Update related?

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administrollaattori wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:00 pm
Xlerb wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:41 pm
martin@doghouse ~ $ dpkg --get-selections | grep virtualbox
virtualbox-guest-dkms install
virtualbox-guest-utils install
virtualbox-guest-x11 install
martin@doghouse ~ $

There's more to it I think - I couldn't start a text editor to copy/paste the above into (I'm doing this on another PC of course).
Had to use Libre Office for plain text!
virtualbox-guest-x11 is installed, so remove it.

Code: Select all

apt remove virtualbox-guest*
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=266478

That fixed it for me too, but how is that even possible

Isnt libxul like the rendering engine of firefox, so weird

But im glad i found this. Thanks a lot!

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