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bug #37003: Corrupt downloads.ini terminates mlnet with no logging output

Submitted by:  Ian Smith <m4r35n357>
Submitted on:  Tue 31 Jul 2012 02:17:01 PM UTC  
Category:  Core Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Program malfunction Status:  Wont Fix
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  3.0.7 Release:  3.0.7
Operating System:  Linux Binaries Origin:  None
CPU type:  Intel x86

Sun 19 May 2013 10:27:22 AM UTC, comment #2:

I consider this to be an issue with downstream packaging.


ygrek <ygrek>
Project Member
Sun 19 May 2013 07:47:44 AM UTC, comment #1:

When starting manually I get :

Syntax error while parsing file downloads.ini at position 462:32: Stream.Error("")
it seems that downloads.ini is corrupt,
try to use a backup from /home/ygrek/.mldonkey/old_config

at stderr.
So there are two possible solutions
1) mldonkey could log to file immediately from start
2) distribution init scripts shouldn't silently drop mldonkey stderr output..

ygrek <ygrek>
Project Member
Tue 31 Jul 2012 02:17:01 PM UTC, original submission:

I was trying to relocate my temp dir by editing downloads.ini, but this was unsuccessful (mlnet insisted on using the home directory temp dir, even recreating it when I deleted it).
So then I tried to use symlinks (restoring the default share names), but mlnet crashed with no logging output.
f[x] on IRC suggested I use strace, which hinted at download.ini corruption.
I then put double quotes around the share names and all was fixed.
Looks like some error trapping code is required for ini file corruption. You should be able to duplicate my issue by removing quotes around the default share names.

(Lubuntu 12.04)

Ian Smith <m4r35n357>


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