[vlc-devel] Segmentation fault in libcaca.so

Peter Tap ptrtap at yahoo.com
Fri May 3 09:51:20 CEST 2013


I noticed that, under certain conditions, VLC 2.0.4 simply does not run any video. When I look at syslog, I see that each time I try to run a video file through VLC, it results in a segmentation fault in libcaca.so.

Here is some more background.

Our computer is running on Ubuntu 12.04. The system has a HDMI output that goes to a projector and a VGA output that goes to a monitor. We run two separate X-screens. VLC is set up to run on the X-screen associated with the projector.

The problem happens only when the projector has been turned off. I guess libcaca.so tries to write to a screen that is not even there, resulting in a segmentation fault.

I just wanted to bring this to your attention.

I am also curious which module is using libcaca within VLC. Perhaps I can simply disable this module. Looking at the description of libcaca, it seems to be used for outputting text instead of pixels.


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