severity 563155 important

On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 2:18 PM, Jan Kusanagi <> wrote:
> Package: partitionmanager
> Version: 1.0.0-1
> Severity: grave
> Justification: renders package unusable
> Upon starting partitionmanager, it asks for root password, but then the 
> window doesn't appear, and you can see in System Activity how several zombie 
> "partitionmanager" processes appear. There is one which is not zombie, if you 
> kill it, all of them disappear.
> It seems like the program starts OK if you execute partitionmanager-bin, and 
> it offers the option of not using root privileges, and therefore hard drives 
> do not appear listed, etc.
> Maybe it's a bug in kdesu or something, not really partitionmanager fault...
> I have my own debian-liveCD made with live-helper, and same thing happens, 
> but there's no root password there, of course.
> If I set one up, same problems occur.s

I can see that partitionmanager produces several zombie processes,
even by starting partitionmanager-bin as a user, and it looks like a
Qt bug. However, it starts fine, both as a normal user and as root.
For this reason, I am lowering the severity.

Would it be possible for you to provide a strace log of
partitionmanager when it locks up? Try running "strace -f -o logfile
partitionmanager-bin" as root, or if it doesn't hang that way, start
partitionmanager and do "strace -p $pid", where $pid is the pid of the
non-zombie partitionmanager-bin instance. I'd prefer the first way
though. I'd also like the output of "ps auxf" while strace is running.
Any other information is welcome too.


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