Bug#862591: libvte-2.91-0: xfce4-terminal crashes when dumping a lot of text

Michael Biebl biebl at debian.org
Sun May 14 21:45:00 UTC 2017

Control: tags -1 moreinfo unreproducible
Control: severity -1 normal

Am 14.05.2017 um 22:57 schrieb Brian Warner:
> Package: libvte-2.91-0
> Version: 0.46.1-1
> Severity: grave
> There seems to be a bug in sid's libvte, such that dumping a large
> amount of text to stdout in a short period of time causes the terminal
> program to crash. "cat" of a file with 1MB of the letter "a" is
> sufficient to reproduce it.

I just created a test file the size of 1GB. gnome-terminal and
xfce4-terminal handled that without a hitch.
So, given that this problem seems to be not generally reproducible, I'm
downgrading the severity accordingly. (up-to-date debian sid, amd64)

If you can reliably reproduce the problem, it would be great if you can
file an upstream bug report at

A backtrace would certainly be helpful for upstream to further diagnose


Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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