[Dovecot] assertion failed and debugging dovecot

Doug Luce doug at dovecot.con.com
Wed Oct 13 23:50:47 EEST 2004

It's not stripped, but I think I need additional clues.  Why does the
"where" fail to tell me where I am?



My session:

aurora# ps ax | grep imap
83842  ??  S      0:00.06 imap-login
83849  ??  S      0:00.24 imap
aurora# gdb /usr/local/dovecot-nightly/libexec/dovecot/imap 83849
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Attaching to program: /usr/local/dovecot-nightly/libexec/dovecot/imap, process 83849
0x130234c60 in ?? ()
(gdb) where
#0  0x130234c60 in ?? ()
#1  0x12006e3a8 in _read (stream=0x1200aa080) at istream-mmap.c:91
#2  0x12006e3a8 in _read (stream=0x0) at istream-mmap.c:91
Error accessing memory address 0x40: Bad address.
(gdb) cont
Continuing. [[ Then it bombs with the log message I posted earlier ]]

Program received signal SIGABRT, Aborted.
warning: Hit heuristic-fence-post without finding
warning: enclosing function for address 0x130235908
This warning occurs if you are debugging a function without any symbols
(for example, in a stripped executable).  In that case, you may wish to
increase the size of the search with the `set heuristic-fence-post' command.

Otherwise, you told GDB there was a function where there isn't one, or
(more likely) you have encountered a bug in GDB.
0x130235908 in ?? ()
(gdb) where
#0  0x130235908 in ?? ()
warning: Hit heuristic-fence-post without finding
warning: enclosing function for address 0x130226e18
(gdb) c

Program terminated with signal SIGABRT, Aborted.
The program no longer exists.

On Wed, 13 Oct 2004, Timo Sirainen wrote:

> On 12.10.2004, at 08:17, Doug Luce wrote:
> > I'm getting this error on a particular message in my Maildir:
> >
> >   Oct 11 21:59:48 aurora dovecot: IMAP(doug): file ostream-file.c:
> > line 646 (_send_istream): assertion failed: (instream->v_offset <=
> > in_size)
> I heard about the same problem today from someone else. Apparently this
> can be reproduced every time with some mail. Still waiting for that
> mail :)
> > To me, more import than the question "why is this happening" is "how
> > can I debug this?"  Attaching gdb to the running imap process doesn't
> > give me access to the proper function names to set up breakpoints and
> > get a stack trace.
> >
> > Can someone with the experience give a quick how-to on debugging
> > functions deep in dovecot?
> You should be able to attach gdb normally into it, as long as the
> binary isn't stripped, ie.:
> gdb /usr/local/libexec/dovecot/imap pid

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