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autoyast - clone_system causes malloc () errors

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2


An autoyast system clone file (autoinst.xml), can be created with the graphical interface in YaST or directly invoking clone_system.ycp as follows:

host :~ # cd /usr/share/YaST2/clients/
host :/usr/share/YaST2/clients # /sbin/yast2 ./clone_system.ycp

Under certain circumstances on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2 it can trigger the following error:

host :/usr/share/YaST2/clients # /sbin/yast2 ./clone_system.ycp
terminate called after throwing an instance of 'std::bad_alloc'
  what():  St9bad_alloc
YaST got signal 6 at YCP file Printerdb.ycp:376
/sbin/yast2: line 276: 32182 Aborted                 $ybindir/y2base $module "$@" qt $Y2_GEOMETRY $Y2QT_ARGS

Or the command hangs when the second pop-up window informs the user that:
The list of installed drivers has changed. 
Building database of drivers....
In this case the command line error reports:
ffffffffff600000-ffffffffffe00000 ---p 00000000 00:00 0                  [vdso]
YaST got signal 6 at YCP file Printerdb.ycp:376


The /sbin/yast2 ./clone_system.ycp command only fails when there is a missing driver in /usr/share/cups/model/*

A workaround is reinstalling cups-drivers and if needed, cups-drivers-stp. A pop-up window will inform the user that the database is rebuild and after informing the user that the system is collecting configuration data, the /root/autoinst.xml is created.

The problem is caused by a Bug in yast2-printer. The yast2-printer version  -2.13.34-0.4.20 in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3 corrects the problem.


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  • Document ID:7003938
  • Creation Date: 21-Jul-2009
  • Modified Date:24-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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