[Bug 1538438] Re: apt-helper crashed with SIGABRT in __gnu_cxx::__verbose_terminate_handler()

Christopher M. Penalver christopher.m.penalver at gmail.com
Sun May 22 18:02:36 UTC 2016

Martin Pitt, thanks for working on this. I've utilized the non-Proposed
release and this worked fine. However, I'll leave it to others to
certify this is passed/failed as the issue appears environment or timing

sudo apt -y install flashplugin-installer
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Suggested packages:
  x-ttcidfont-conf ttf-bitstream-vera | ttf-dejavu ttf-xfree86-nonfree
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/6,838 B of archives.
After this operation, 58.4 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously unselected package flashplugin-installer.
(Reading database ... 280227 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../flashplugin-installer_11.2.202.621ubuntu0.16.04.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking flashplugin-installer ( ...
Processing triggers for update-notifier-common (3.168) ...
flashplugin-installer: downloading http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partner/a/adobe-flashplugin/adobe-flashplugin_20160512.1.orig.tar.gz
Get:1 http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partner/a/adobe-flashplugin/adobe-flashplugin_20160512.1.orig.tar.gz [27.1 MB]
Fetched 27.1 MB in 1min 14s (362 kB/s)                                   
W: Can't drop privileges for downloading as file '/var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20160512.1.orig.tar.gz' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)
Installing from local file /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20160512.1.orig.tar.gz
Flash Plugin installed.
Setting up flashplugin-installer ( ...

apt-cache policy apt
  Installed: 1.2.10ubuntu1
  Candidate: 1.2.10ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 1.2.10ubuntu1 500
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

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  apt-helper crashed with SIGABRT in

Status in apt package in Ubuntu:
Status in apt source package in Xenial:
  Fix Committed

Bug description:
  Test Case
  Given that there are thousands of these crashes in the Error Tracker, just make sure the new version doesn't appear there.

  Errors Bucket

  Original Description
  After installing flashplugin-installer I get a prompt noting:
  Failure to download extra data files

  The following packages requested additional data downloads after
  package installation, but the data could not be downloaded or could
  not be processed.


  The download will be attempted again later, or you can try the download again now.  Running this command requires an active Internet connection.

  Clicking the button Run this action now causes this crash

  Unfortunately, this has the negative outcome of disallowing folks who
  use Firefox from being able to update, or install Flash.

  There are a fair number of these events logged in errors.ubuntu.com.

  ProblemType: CrashDistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
  Package: apt 1.1.10
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.3.0-7.18-generic 4.3.3
  Uname: Linux 4.3.0-7-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.19.4-0ubuntu1
  Architecture: amd64
  Date: Wed Jan 27 01:36:34 2016
  ExecutablePath: /usr/lib/apt/apt-helper
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-04-25 (276 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid Vervet" - Release amd64 (20150422)
  ProcCmdline: /usr/lib/apt/apt-helper download-file http://archive.canonical.com/pool/partner/a/adobe-flashplugin/adobe-flashplugin_20151228.1.orig.tar.gz /var/lib/update-notifier/package-data-downloads/partial/adobe-flashplugin_20151228.1.orig.tar.gz SHA256:d322547d4542eeed2f57469cc0d3c10e9a55af6632c05be9fe8b6c6a0dbcffdb
   PATH=(custom, no user)Signal: 6SourcePackage: apt
   __gnu_cxx::__verbose_terminate_handler() () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6
   ?? () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6
   std::terminate() () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6
   __cxa_throw () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6
   std::__throw_out_of_range_fmt(char const*, ...) () from /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6
  Title: apt-helper crashed with SIGABRT in __gnu_cxx::__verbose_terminate_handler()
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to xenial on 2016-01-27 (0 days ago)

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