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FS#56994 - [mesa, xorg-server] mesa 17.3.1-2 and xorg-server-1.19.6-2 fail to start on AMD kaveri

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Gerhard Bogner (slashME) - Sunday, 07 January 2018, 20:13 GMT
Last edited by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 13:31 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Jan de Groot (JGC)
Andreas Radke (AndyRTR)
Laurent Carlier (lordheavy)
Architecture All
Severity High
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 2
Private No


after updating my htpc this weekend the X server failed to start, with following error in the log:

[ 1275.967] (EE) Backtrace:
[ 1275.967] (EE) 0: /usr/lib/xorg-server/Xorg (OsLookupColor+0x139) [0x5637c148c169]
[ 1275.968] (EE) 1: /usr/lib/ (funlockfile+0x50) [0x7f3185e21dff]
[ 1275.968] (EE) 2: /usr/lib/ (gsignal+0x110) [0x7f3185a8c860]
[ 1275.969] (EE) 3: /usr/lib/ (abort+0x1c9) [0x7f3185a8dec9]
[ 1275.970] (EE) 4: /usr/lib/ (__assert_fail_base+0x14c) [0x7f3185a850bc]
[ 1275.970] (EE) 5: /usr/lib/ (__assert_fail+0x43) [0x7f3185a85133]
[ 1275.970] (EE) 6: /usr/lib/xorg-server/Xorg (_init+0x1e67) [0x5637c1313e1b]
[ 1275.971] (EE) 7: /usr/lib/xorg-server/Xorg (compIsAlternateVisual+0x8f) [0x5637c13b60ef]
[ 1275.971] (EE) 8: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/ (GlxSetVisualConfigs+0x1d7) [0x7f31838288c7]
[ 1275.971] (EE) 9: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/ (GlxSetVisualConfigs+0x7116) [0x7f3183836586]
[ 1275.972] (EE) 10: /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/ (_init+0x1a05d) [0x7f318384121d]
[ 1275.972] (EE) 11: /usr/lib/xorg-server/Xorg (InitExtensions+0x3d) [0x5637c1399aad]
[ 1275.972] (EE) 12: /usr/lib/xorg-server/Xorg (InitFonts+0x22f) [0x5637c132a0cf]
[ 1275.973] (EE) 13: /usr/lib/ (__libc_start_main+0xea) [0x7f3185a78f4a]
[ 1275.973] (EE) 14: /usr/lib/xorg-server/Xorg (_start+0x2a) [0x5637c1313f2a]
[ 1275.973] (EE)
[ 1275.973] (EE)
Fatal server error:
[ 1275.973] (EE) Caught signal 6 (Aborted). Server aborting

downgrading to mesa 17.3.0-2 and xorg-server 1.19.5-1 work around the problem temporarily.
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Closed by  Jan de Groot (JGC)
Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 13:31 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing: 2017-July/054179.html
Comment by Gerhard Bogner (slashME) - Monday, 15 January 2018, 11:10 GMT
Also happens with mesa 17.3.2-2 (instead of 17.3.1-2).
Comment by IONOFF Joachim (LinLo) - Saturday, 27 January 2018, 12:04 GMT
I found that commenting the following configuration makes xorg-server starting again.
#Section "Extensions"
# Option "Composite" "Disable"
Comment by Gerhard Bogner (slashME) - Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 11:03 GMT
I still have that problem with mesa 17.3.3-2 and xorg-server 1.19.6+13+gd0d1a694f-1. Downgrading the packages still helps, and as reported above so does disabling the composite extensions (which i don't need on the HTPC running Kodi anyways).
Comment by Andreas Radke (AndyRTR) - Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 14:13 GMT
Please report this upstream is still present!
Comment by Jeff (runningman79) - Monday, 23 April 2018, 14:16 GMT
Similar issue on ARMv7 after updating today, but no backtrace listed in the log. Downgrading mesa and xorg-server works as workaround. Also found that disabling Xinerama allows xorg-server to start, but clearly without proper screen layout.