Bug 17118 - Frequent X.org crashes when using VisIt
Summary: Frequent X.org crashes when using VisIt
Alias: None
Product: xorg
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Driver/intel (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Gordon Jin
QA Contact: Xorg Project Team
Keywords: NEEDINFO
Depends on:
Reported: 2008-08-13 10:20 UTC by Andreas Kloeckner
Modified: 2008-11-27 22:19 UTC (History)
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Configuration info (28.86 KB, text/plain)
2008-08-13 10:20 UTC, Andreas Kloeckner
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Description Andreas Kloeckner 2008-08-13 10:20:44 UTC
Created attachment 18268 [details]
Configuration info

When using the VisIt scientific visualization application [1], X.org frequently crashes.

Sample steps that (almost) always lead to a crash:
1. Download sample data files from [2].
2. Start Visit 1.9.1 in visit_data_files directory.
3. Click on wave0000.silo.
4. Click Plots > Pseudocolor > u.
5. Click the "play" VCR control.
6. Wait for crash--should happen after a few frames.

[1] download from here: https://wci.llnl.gov/codes/visit/executables.html
[2] https://wci.llnl.gov/codes/visit/media/data/visit_data_files.tar.gz
Comment 1 Gordon Jin 2008-08-13 20:00:07 UTC
Please provide the info according to http://www.intellinuxgraphics.org/how_to_report_bug.html

Has this ever worked before with the older intel driver?
Comment 2 Andreas Kloeckner 2008-08-14 01:06:43 UTC
Requested config info should already be contained in attachment.

This did definitely work without crashes at some point in the past, I'd say about 2-3 months ago.

I should add that I normally run compiz and switch back to metacity to run VisIt. Using pure metacity seems to decrease the likelihood of these crashes.
Comment 3 Gordon Jin 2008-08-15 20:09:27 UTC
I'm afraid this is not high on developers' priority list since it's only triggered by Visit. But if you could find the specific commit causing the regression, that'll be a big help.
Comment 4 Andreas Kloeckner 2008-08-16 01:04:05 UTC
Well, it's still an X server crash--and I can't imagine that no other application is hurt by it.
Comment 5 Gordon Jin 2008-11-27 22:11:09 UTC
Are you able to get the crash backtrace? (There's a howto link in http://www.intellinuxgraphics.org/how_to_report_bug.html)

Does this still exist now, or are you using newer driver?
Comment 6 Andreas Kloeckner 2008-11-27 22:19:30 UTC
Appears fixed in 2.5. I'll reopen if it persists.

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