I've been testing out the new WebUpd8 PPA for Rhythmbox which I used to upgrade from Rhythmbox v2.97 to v2.98.

However, when I added this PPA, when using my favourite plugins replaygain and coverart-browser, Rhythmbox crashes with a segmentation fault.

Worse, when this crash happens, my Unity desktop becomes unstable, with various applications failing to start with similar segmentation faults.

Does anybody know the reason for this - but more importantly how to resolve this?


Why does it crash...

The plugins mentioned - replaygain and coverart-browser are coded in the language called Python.

This uses the gi introspection libraries.

These bug-reports are relevant:

Precise uses an older version of the important package pygobject - it appears the Rhythmbox developers have used the latest libraries found in Quantal.

I've confirmed that the webupd8 PPA works brilliantly in Quantal - no issues with these plugins.

However, the crash is caused by some-code in Rhythmbox v2.98 that is calling stuff in the older libraries - that call is not handled and causes the crash.

Since parts of Unity and some Gnome apps also similarly use pygobject, the crash appears to leave this package libraries in an undefined state causing the instability.

The RB developers have acknowledged this - but are unlikely to resolve this.


Thus there is a choice - live without these particular plugins and others similarly affected, or to downgrade your Rhythmbox version.

To downgrade from v2.98:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:webupd8team/rhythmbox

Then cleanup:

sudo apt-get purge rhythmbox gir1.2-rb-3.0 librhythmbox-core5 rhythmbox-mozilla rhythmbox-data rhythmbox-plugin-zeitgeist rhythmbox-plugin-magnatune rhythmbox-plugin-cdrecorder librhythmbox-core6 rhythmbox-plugins

i.e. the ppa-purge does not clean-up fully and leaves some libraries still at their v2.98 versions.

Finish off by updating your sources:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox

This will leave you with the default and stable Rhythmbox 2.96 that comes with Precise.

If you still have a hankering for something slightly newer, I have rebuilt WebUpd8's original Rhythmbox v2.97 before that team upgraded.

This is available in my PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install rhythmbox
  • great info. I know you didn't post this here as a question, you just had a problem, and after finding the solution, you wanted to share. Respect, keep up the good work. – bioShark Oct 14 '12 at 20:29

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