Bug#735202: speakup crashes debian (fwd)

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at shellworld.net
Sat Feb 1 16:14:25 EST 2014

jude <jdashiel at shellworld.net>

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:28:16
From: Geoff Shang <geoff at QuiteLikely.com>
To: Paul Gevers <elbrus at debian.org>, 735202 at bugs.debian.org
Cc: debian-bugs-dist at lists.debian.org,
    Debian Accessibility Team <debian-accessibility at lists.debian.org>
Subject: Re: Bug#735202: speakup crashes debian
Resent-Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:38:30 +0000 (UTC)
Resent-From: debian-accessibility at lists.debian.org


this may not be the same bug, but there has been a long-standing Speakup bug
that locks up the machine.  I've seen it as early as Squeeze but it may have
been there earlier (I don't remember).

Whether or not it crashes seems to depend on your environment at the time.
Pasting to a regular bash prompt and into most applications works just fine.  It
seems to happen when working in more primitive environments with no readline.

Here's a sure-fire way to reproduce it:

1.  cut anything to the clipboard.

2.  Run the command:


This should open stdin for input.

3.  Paste.

4. Crash!

AFAIK, this locks the kernel and only a power cycle will fix it.

As noted previously, this only affects local sessions - even running an ssh to
localhost and doing the above will not reproduce it.

I've observed on several machines running both Squeeze and Wheezy.


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