[PC-BSD Testing] PCBSD 7.0 Alpha (08-02-2008) Bugs

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Thu Aug 7 12:18:42 PDT 2008

Dear Kris & PCBSD Development Team:

This report covers testing of the PC-BSD 7.0 Alpha (08/02/2008) with
KDE 4.1 Release.  The first section of this report relates to a
Centrino-based laptop, P4, 1.5 GHz, 2GB RAM, with built-in Intel
video, sound, and wi-fi.  The second section of this report relates to
an HP Vectra VL400 desktop computer, PIII 1.0 GHz, 512 MB RAM, with
video card Matrox G400/G450 (AGP) on vgapci0.


1.1  Installation.  The laptop installation went well except the video
card detection phase of the installation which occurs after reboot
looped repeatedly on the default driver choice ("intel").  More on
this below.  I like having the added display information that Kris has
added to this build, and it adds a nice touch to an already impressive

1.2  Video Detection Phase.  The video detection phase correctly
detected the monitor model (LG 657), the video card (Intel), and the
maximum settings for resolution (1024 x 768) and depth (24).  If I
kept the default installation choice of "intel," I received a KDialog
message which said, "The previous attempt failed.  Please check your
settings & try again."  I would then be returned to the video
detection screen.  The video detection will loop indefinitley if I
choose the "intel" driver.  However, if I selected "Intel-3D-enable,"
the detection phase completes normally.

1.3  Dolphin still crashes.  I get repeated Signal 11 (SIGSEGV) errors
while opening directories.  It used to occur only while opening
directories containing a large count of files.  Now Dolphin seems to
crash on small directories.  Dolphin crashing is a well-known bug, so
my guess is it is not related to PC-BSD.

1.4  Opera crashed repeatedly while undertaking any Google search.
Opera does not crash with Google Gmai.  Konqueror and Firefox played
nice with Google.

1.5  Reboot & Freeze Problem.  The spontaneous freeze or sponaneous
reboot I had previously reported two or three alphas ago has returned.
 Either the system reboots spontaneously, or a freeze occurs.  The
freeze is characterized by the screen alternately (1) going black
except for a small white rectangle in the upper left corner for one
second then (2) displaying the message:

FreeBSD/i386 (pcbsd)(ttyv8)

Keystrokes are not accepted and one cannot switch to a console.


2.1 Installation.  The HP intallation went well.

2.2  Dolphin crashes frequently with Signal 6 (SIGABRT) while viewing
directories.  Here is the backtrace:

Application: Dolphin (dolphin), signal SIGABRT
[New Thread 0x8102100 (LWP 100178)]
[Switching to Thread 0x8102100 (LWP 100178)]
[KCrash handler]
#6  0x29d691b7 in kill () from /lib/libc.so.7
#7  0x28e0f137 in raise () from /lib/libthr.so.3
#8  0x29d67d2a in abort () from /lib/libc.so.7
#9  0x28c89b95 in qt_message_output () from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#10 0x28c89c49 in qFatal () from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#11 0x28c89ce5 in qt_assert () from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#12 0x28278646 in KDirListerCache::updateDirectory (this=0x82251f0,
    at /usr/ports/x11/kdelibs4/work/kdelibs-4.1.0/kio/kio/kdirlister.cpp:581
#13 0x28279eb5 in KDirListerCache::slotFileDirty (this=0x82251f0,
    at /usr/ports/x11/kdelibs4/work/kdelibs-4.1.0/kio/kio/kdirlister.cpp:893
#14 0x2827d5d6 in KDirListerCache::qt_metacall (this=0x82251f0,
    _c=QMetaObject::InvokeMetaMethod, _id=4, _a=0xbfbfdffc)
    at kdirlister_p.moc:94
#15 0x28d749ec in QMetaObject::activate ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#16 0x28d74e22 in QMetaObject::activate ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#17 0x2828e813 in KDirWatch::dirty (this=0x8222420, _t1=@0xbfbfe0a8)
    at kdirwatch.moc:81
#18 0x2828ead4 in KDirWatch::setDirty (this=0x8222420, _file=@0xbfbfe0a8)
    at /usr/ports/x11/kdelibs4/work/kdelibs-4.1.0/kio/kio/kdirwatch.cpp:1661
#19 0x28290025 in KDirWatchPrivate::emitEvent (this=0x8132fd0, e=0x8236ec4,
    event=1, fileName=@0xbfbfe0f8)
    at /usr/ports/x11/kdelibs4/work/kdelibs-4.1.0/kio/kio/kdirwatch.cpp:1142
#20 0x2829023b in KDirWatchPrivate::slotRescan (this=0x8132fd0)
    at /usr/ports/x11/kdelibs4/work/kdelibs-4.1.0/kio/kio/kdirwatch.cpp:1220
#21 0x28293565 in KDirWatchPrivate::qt_metacall (this=0x8132fd0,
    _c=QMetaObject::InvokeMetaMethod, _id=0, _a=0xbfbfe1b8)
    at kdirwatch_p.moc:72
#22 0x28d749ec in QMetaObject::activate ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#23 0x28d74e22 in QMetaObject::activate ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#24 0x28daddf7 in QTimer::timeout () from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#25 0x28d7d4ee in QTimer::timerEvent () from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#26 0x28d73894 in QObject::event () from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#27 0x29458afc in QApplicationPrivate::notify_helper ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtGui.so.4
#28 0x2945f4be in QApplication::notify ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtGui.so.4
#29 0x28619ab3 in KApplication::notify (this=0xbfbfe80c, receiver=0x8132fd8,
    at /usr/ports/x11/kdelibs4/work/kdelibs-4.1.0/kdeui/kernel/kapplication.cpp:311
#30 0x28d64459 in QCoreApplication::notifyInternal ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#31 0x28d8d188 in QTimerInfoList::activateTimers ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#32 0x28d8ae30 in timerSourceDispatch ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#33 0x29e9b096 in g_main_context_dispatch ()
   from /usr/local/lib/libglib-2.0.so.0
#34 0x29e9e432 in g_main_context_check () from /usr/local/lib/libglib-2.0.so.0
#35 0x29e9e9b5 in g_main_context_iteration ()
   from /usr/local/lib/libglib-2.0.so.0
#36 0x28d8b4be in QEventDispatcherGlib::processEvents ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#37 0x294dd475 in QGuiEventDispatcherGlib::processEvents ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtGui.so.4
#38 0x28d635d3 in QEventLoop::processEvents ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#39 0x28d63761 in QEventLoop::exec () from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#40 0x28d6594a in QCoreApplication::exec ()
   from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtCore.so.4
#41 0x29458097 in QApplication::exec () from /usr/local/lib/qt4/libQtGui.so.4
#42 0x0808550b in main (argc=6, argv=0xbfbfe964)
    at /usr/ports/x11/kdebase4/work/kdebase-4.1.0/apps/dolphin/src/main.cpp:94

2.3  Dolphin gemerated a crash with a Signal 6 as I was saving a small
text file from KWrite.  Neither the system nor KWrite crashed.  I was
not using the file manager at the time, but I recognize that Dolphin
is integral to a multitude of operations.  Also, neither Dolphin nor
Konqueror would let me create a new folder.  In case there were
privileges issues, I tried to start Dolphin and Konqueror from the
terminal as the root user with #kdesu Dolphin or #kdesu Konqueror.
The terminal did not let me start either program.  I was able to
create the new directory from the command line.

2.4  Mounting additional hard disks.  PCBSD mounted without problem a
300 Gb internal ide hard drive (ad1) formatted NTFS.  PC-BSD would not
mount a 500 Gb External USB hard disk.  The external was formatted
FAT32.  PC-BSD 1.5.x, however, mounts this external without problems.

I tried the Start menu/Dolphin method of mounting the hard disk (It
shows up in the "Device Notifier" list of "devices recently plugged
in" and in the "Computer" tab of the start menu.).  I also tried
mounting it to /media and /mount via the terminal using #mount_msdosfs
command with the "-o large" option, but still had no success.  The
system presented an error message which said:

An error occurred while accessing 'WD_EXT_500', the system responded:
org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.Volume.UnknownFailure: Failed to chown
mount directory"

Perhaps this information from dmesg will help:

umass0: <Western Digital External HDD, class 0/0, rev 2.00/0.00, addr
2> on uhub0
da0 at umass-sim0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
da0: <WD 5000KS External 101a> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-4 device
da0: 1.000MB/s transfers
da0: 476940MB (976773168 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 60801C)
fsync: giving up on dirty
0xc2f05bb0: tag devfs, type VCHR
    usecount 1, writecount 0, refcount 794 mountedhere 0xc303c800
    flags ()
    v_object 0xc1460934 ref 0 pages 20482
     lock type devfs: EXCL (count 1) by thread 0xc2eda440 (pid 35)
	dev ad0s1a.journal
GEOM_JOURNAL: Cannot suspend file system / (error=35).

2.5  No Reboot or Freeze Problem.  In contrast to the laptop, this
desktop computer shows no evidence of spontaneous reboot or system
freeze like that reported in paragraph 1.5 above.

2.6 Gwenview --   It is great that Gwenview is the default file
viewer.  However, the "new" Gwenview 2.x seems crippled in comparison
to Gwenview 1.4.x because it limits the display height choices and the
slideshow timing feature will not let you select anything less than 2
seconds. The new Gwenview seems to get in its own way when in the full
screen and full screen slideshow modes as it relates to having the
annoying graphic bar across the top of the screen.  None of this is
the fault of PC-BSD, but I raise these points hoping that users can
choose to use Gwenview 1.4.x as the default viewer.

2.7  Gwenview #2 + KWrite Cursor -- When the cursor hovers over the
Gwenview window, it takes on a rectangular shape and looks like a
barcode.  The same thing happens to the cursor appearance in KWrite
when I highlight text and drag it to another line.

2.8   Help loaded and functioned well.

Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio

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