← Back to team overview

desktop-packages team mailing list archive

[Bug 1320157] Re: user space gnome-terminal overflows / file system


Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

** Changed in: gnome-terminal (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Confirmed

You received this bug notification because you are a member of Desktop
Packages, which is subscribed to gnome-terminal in Ubuntu.

  user space gnome-terminal overflows / file system

Status in gnome-terminal package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  I have two partitions on my system:

  $ df -h
  Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
  /dev/sda3 23G 12G 11G 52% /
  /dev/sda6 98G 67G 27G 72% /home

  When I run a user application (on /home) which produces lots of
  debugging output to the terminal, it quickly (less than a day)
  overflows the root file system /. I think I figured the reason for

  I selected the "unlimited" option for scrolling back in the gnome

  The question is this: why does it overflow the / rather than the /home
  partition? May be "unlimited" should be understood as "unlimited
  within reasonable limits"?

  I earlier reported it as


  (Of course I am not going to use this in a production application. It
  popped up in a stress testing, where I modeled events which happen
  usually once or twice a minute at accelerated speed, of thousands of
  times per second)

  $ lsb_release -rd
  Description:	Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  Release:	14.04

  # apt-cache policy gnome-terminal
    Installed: 3.6.2-0ubuntu1
    Candidate: 3.6.2-0ubuntu1
    Version table:
   *** 3.6.2-0ubuntu1 0
          500 http://se.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/main amd64 Packages
          100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

  3) I expected it to chop off the terminal output when it grew
  unreasonably big, or at least not to overflow the / partition, staying
  in /home instead.

  4) it overflew the / partition instead

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
  Package: gnome-terminal 3.6.2-0ubuntu1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-24.47-generic 3.13.9
  Uname: Linux 3.13.0-24-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3
  Architecture: amd64
  Date: Fri May 16 11:18:01 2014
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-02-10 (94 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander" - Release amd64 (20131016.1)
  SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to trusty on 2014-04-22 (24 days ago)

To manage notifications about this bug go to: