django imports minidom (which imports pyexpat) causing a modpython segfault on certain setups
|Reported by:||akaihola||Owned by:||adrian|
|Cc:||gkelly@…||Triage Stage:||Design decision needed|
|Has patch:||no||Needs documentation:||no|
|Needs tests:||no||Patch needs improvement:||no|
Changeset  introduces and uses the django.utils.version.get_svn_revision() function which uses minidom.parse(). With certain combinations of Apache and mod_python versions, the version mismatch of libexpat used by both of them causes an Apache crash (segmentation fault on Linux). Apparently the problem has been worked around in Python 2.5.
For the inexperienced mod_python user this problem can be really hard to track down, since the symptoms are just empty web pages from the server and segmentation faults with no additional explanation in the Apache error log.
Would it be wise to avoid using minidom to avoid potential frustration for new users who might have a problematic setup?
Currently minidom is only used in get_svn_revision() and the isValidHTML() and isWellFormedXml() functions in django.core.validators. Maybe these cases could be solved with other tools?
Change History (10)
comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by anonymous
- Needs documentation unset
- Needs tests unset
- Patch needs improvement unset
comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by ubernostrum
- Resolution set to invalid
- Status changed from new to closed
comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by gkelly
- Cc gkelly@… added
- Resolution invalid deleted
- Status changed from closed to reopened
comment:6 Changed 8 years ago by SmileyChris
- Summary changed from after  mod_python segfault on certain setups to django imports minidom (which imports pyexpat) causing a modpython segfault on certain setups
- Triage Stage changed from Unreviewed to Design decision needed