[Bug 160969] New: hangs while eagerly eating memory before crashing

Andras Georgy Bekes bekesa at sch.bme.hu
Fri Apr 18 09:53:24 BST 2008

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           Summary: hangs while eagerly eating memory before crashing
           Product: kmail
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Debian testing
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: crash
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
        AssignedTo: kdepim-bugs kde org
        ReportedBy: bekesa sch bme hu

Version:            (using KDE 3.5.9)
Installed from:    Debian testing/unstable Packages

KMail starts up normally. Does connect to IMAP server normally and indexes mails normally. After clicking on a mail, its memory consumption constantly increases without doing anything observable. CPU usage is low (5-30%), probably because of thrashing.

After it eats 2000M VIRT memory, dies (not unexpectedly) with the following message:
terminate called after throwing an instance of 'std::bad_alloc'
  what():  std::bad_alloc
*** KMail got signal 6 (Crashing)
KCrash: Application 'kmail' crashing...
It is 100% reproducible, and does the same when reading local mail(dir) or IMAP.

I suppose that the problem is within some library, because I can reproduce similar behaviour with kopete, however, kopete does this right after starting it, even before creating its window or opening kwallet.

The two problems started at the same time, probably after upgrading to the bogus library version.
How can I check which debian packages were updated in the last 2-3 days? 
I remember there was an upgrade of several kde-related packages that probably contained upgrades of all the common kopete-kmail libraries :-( But maybe not. 
I haven't (yet) found other KDE apps that behave the same.

Kopete bug report is Bug 160940.

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