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bug #26849: navit crashes in freetype unless freetype built with -fno-strict-aliasing

Submitter:  Adam Williamson <adamwill>
Submitted:  Fri 19 Jun 2009 10:39:10 PM UTC
Severity:  3 - Normal Item Group:  Hack required
Status:  Fixed Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  wl Open/Closed:  Closed
Planned Release:  2.3.10

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Wed 29 Jul 2009 06:41:38 PM UTC, comment #9: 

Confirming that the fix works in my situation. I applied the patch against 2.3.9 and rebuilt it (since that's an easier, smaller change to the spec file than doing a git build); navit now runs OK. thanks for the fix.

Adam Williamson <adamwill>
Wed 29 Jul 2009 05:28:30 PM UTC, comment #8: 

Oops!  Now pushed.  Sorry.

Werner LEMBERG <wl>
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Wed 29 Jul 2009 04:38:10 PM UTC, comment #7: 

I had a look in git - both in cgit, and by checking out a local copy - and the patch doesn't appear to have been applied. src/cache/ftccache.h was last modified on May 16th, and the code in the file appears to be the 'before' state of the RH bug patch.

Adam Williamson <adamwill>
Wed 29 Jul 2009 09:52:07 AM UTC, comment #6: 

I think this is fixed now in the git repository.  Please test.

The patch is from


Werner LEMBERG <wl>
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Sat 20 Jun 2009 07:25:10 AM UTC, comment #5: 

I can give you a shell on my system if it would help. Martin Schaller is cp15 on freenode IRC, he could probably discuss the details with you better than I can. I'm not a coder.

Adam Williamson <adamwill>
Sat 20 Jun 2009 05:46:26 AM UTC, comment #4: 

Mhmm.  I forgot bug report #25479.  It's probably indeed a FreeType problem -- maybe this other report helps in identifying the problem and finding a patch.  IIRC, I was never able to reproduce the crash on my GNU/Linux box, making it quite hard to find a solution.

Werner LEMBERG <wl>
Group administrator
Sat 20 Jun 2009 05:38:18 AM UTC, comment #3: 

To be clear: freetype builds fine. That's not the issue. The issue is that navit (another application) crashes on an operation involving freetype, unless you rebuild freetype with -fno-strict-aliasing . We're not sure if this is really a bug in freetype or in GCC, though.

Adam Williamson <adamwill>
Sat 20 Jun 2009 05:37:03 AM UTC, comment #2: 

I'm not sure if there's any compiler warnings in the first place. Compiler warnings aren't the problem, the problem is the crashing. It's the crashing I don't want. :)

We're using GCC 4.4 in Fedora. Haven't checked latest git freetype, I'll try that.

Adam Williamson <adamwill>
Sat 20 Jun 2009 04:48:39 AM UTC, comment #1: 

I'm not sure that it is a bug in FreeType.  Compiling with `-O3 -Wall -W' doesn't give a single warning (I know, this isn't reliable, but...); using -O2 doesn't give a warning either.  This is with gcc 4.3.2.

I don't use Fedora so it's difficult for me to test this issue `live'.  Are there any remaining compiler warnings if you use the current git version of FreeType?  Have you tried a different compiler version?  What does valgrind say?

Ideally, a compiler guy should check the issue.

Werner LEMBERG <wl>
Group administrator
Fri 19 Jun 2009 10:39:10 PM UTC, original submission:  

I've reported this issue downstream in Fedora, but I think it's worth bringing to the attention of upstream as well.


I encountered a problem running SVN navit (a GPS navigation app) on F11 and then Rawhide; it would crash as soon as it tried to render any text.

I reported this upstream, and the upstream developer Martin Schaller very kindly investigated this extensively. He was able to isolate it to a problem in freetype. I quote:

"I think I got something
<cp15> Can you find out what compiler flags are used to compile freetype on redhat?
<cp15> Because it seems freetype exibits a bug when compiled without -fno-strict-aliasing
<adamw> OK...so this is really a bug in freetype we should report and get fixed, building with -fno-strict-aliasing is just a workaround, right?
<cp15> Well... Hmm... without -fno-strict-aliasing gcc makes some optimizations which are probably not expected by freetype. Hard to say where the bug is
<adamw> yes! that does the trick indeed
 ok, so...file a bug on freetype. can you give me some more details to include?
do you know exactly where it goes wrong?
<cp15> I can only tell that it crashes in ftccmap.c line 382 at FT_ASSERT((FT_UInt)( char_code - node->first ) < FTC_CMAP_INDICES_MAX ); because node seems to be corrupted or NULL or at line cmap = face->charmaps[cmap_index];
because face->charmaps seems to be corrupted
Should have been line 406 in the second part"

So, that's what we know about the problem. Please ask if you need any more details. A .src.rpm for navit which you can rebuild to reproduce the problem can be found at
http://adamwill.fedorapeople.org/navit/navit-0.1.1-0.1.2347.aw_fc12.src.rpm . Run it with a stock Fedora freetype, and it fails. Run it with stock Rawhide freetype unchanged except by adding -fno-strict-aliasing to CFLAGS, and it

Adam Williamson <adamwill>


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2009-07-29 wl StatusNeed Info Fixed
        Open/ClosedOpen Closed
        Planned ReleaseNone 2.3.10
    2009-06-20 wl StatusNone Need Info
        Assigned toNone wl

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