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#1 greerd



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 11:09 PM

I've been having problems with the latest eddie stable (2.12.4) and its predecessor (2.12.?) on Mint 18.1 cinnamon, were eddie crashes sometime after startup. It starts up normally, connects and runs fine for some time, could be hours, could be days (desktop is 24/7) but it will eventually crash.


When it crashes openvpn always continues running and I'm still connected to the airvpn server with ipleak.net not showing any leaks. Mono is sometimes still running, sometimes not. Killing openvpn and mono (if still running) allows me to restart eddie.


Anyone have any idea's? Hope the terminal output isn't too large!




inxi -Fxz



Output from running from a terminal (large)


#2 go558a83nk


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 06:56 PM

no ideas here.  I run mint 18.1 in a VM (windows host) and have never seen a crash of Eddie.

#3 greerd



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Posted 12 April 2017 - 08:26 PM

Must be something on my end then, thanks for the input. A couple more questions if you don't mind:

Do you use firejail for anything? For sandboxing  apps (Firefox, Thunderbird, etc.)

What DE and theme are you using? I'm using cinnamon with Crunchy-green theme.

​Thanks again!

#4 serenacat


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:22 AM

If you check Linux Mint Forums, there are several network issue threads currently active re 18.1.


Including with PIA (install?)


I have not read all, but also issues with underlying wifi, maybe need to check with cable to router ?

I run LM18.1 in a Virtual Box as the "inner citadel" with a W10 host "rabble yard" with Eddie on W10 so do not see the problem condition.


#5 greerd



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 10:45 AM

Yea, thanks serenacat,


I'm somewhat  active on the Mint forums, and have read/responded to most PIA and other vpn posts. There are a lot of noobs in the Mint forums these days, most are landing there after bailing out of Win 10. There are continuous repeated questions like 'My wifi doesn't work' or 'My sound doesn't work' or something about graphics but less often about vpn's. (until a few days ago, 'US IPS's')


I've mentioned AirVPN there and discussed it once and have seen it mentioned a couple of times but PIA, which sponsors Linux Mint, is by far the most talked about on the Mint forums, thus the eddie client has not been discussed to my knowledge.


I have used eddie cli before without issue but I like having visual feedback (besides a buried terminal output). I've also used network-manager and would use that full time if it didn't screw with my quasi-smart TV and could be set up with a kill-switch.


I'm going through quarantine here so my responses are delayed,


Thanks again!

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 10:30 PM

There must be something in some logfile... did you eat yourself through /var/log? If a GUI breaks, maybe /var/log/Xorg.log? Or ~/.cinnamon/glass.log? I'm not aware of other Eddie logs except for the Logs tab which is not saved to file by default.. maybe turning that on will help..

Did you try turning off any desklets, applets, custom themes and extensions of Cinnamon?

Always remember:
There's a guide to AirVPN,

Amazon IPs are not dangerous here,
running TOR exits is discouraged,

using spoilers for your logs is the proper way to heaven.

~ Furthermore, I propose that your paranoia is to be destroyed. ~


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 10:38 AM

I suspect Eddie is collateral damage from some other problem.

Looking at your inxi output at the time you ran it:

On my LM18.1 after clean boot and running just qBittorrent, Firefox and a couple of other tools, I have 172 processes and use 1.5GB ram. You show 275 processes and use 8.5GB of 12GB.

After a default VirtualBox install of LM18.1, I have swap-1 size: 4.29GB with 4GB ram. You have swap-1 size: 2.15GB.

Bad things happen if you have runaway processes and exhaust ram and then swap.

Although unlikely to be the problem, Mint recommend sticking with the 4.4.0-53 kernel released with LM18.1 until they release LM18.2 after testing unless a significant problem. You have upgraded to the later Ubuntu release 4.4.0-72. There have been odd problems in the past which makes people cautious of Ubuntu unless they can easily roll back.

So perhaps you need to keep an eye on your system resources with "System Monitor" or a "conky" script or "top", and rummage through the Linux engine room with "System Log" looking for clues as Treiberschreiber suggests.

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 11:59 AM

Thanks for the suggestions,


@Treiberschreiber, As soon as I complain about it, it stops acting up! I will check the logs next time, I had Air's logs turned off (after I had them on), but are now turned back on. I haven't disabled any Desklets/Applets yet, but good idea, I use Crunchy-green theme and can certainly switch to the default. 


@serenacat, yes I have lots of stuff running, Folding@Home with Nvidia coolbits and a custom fan control, Radiotray, and bunch of other stuff. I guess I like to play with my setup. One of the reasons I like Mint so much is it got me in the habit of a fresh install every LTS release (every 6 months before that), so things are 'Fresh' for awhile. 172 processes sounds more like LMDE that Mint 18.1, are you running XFCE instead of Cinnamon? I have 4.4.0-53 installed as a backup, good idea to try that. I do run Conky (great app) and do (normally) keep an eye on things, I've noticed Firefox has started eating up memory since the last update to 52.0.2, I'll keep a closer eye on that.


inxi after a reboot:



I'll leave things as is, until another eddie crash, check the logs and go from there, thanks again.

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 09:10 PM

I just upgraded to the latest version of Eddie and started getting the exact same problem. But I'm running LM 17.2 Cinnamon.

The GUI window disappears but the VPN connection keeps running.

Since we're both having problems despite different Mint versions, I would suspect there is a problem with the Eddie Client.


my inxi -Fxz :

inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: zombiebox-17 Kernel: 3.13.0-37-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2) 
           Desktop: Cinnamon 2.6.13  Distro: Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela
Machine:   Mobo: Gigabyte model: GA-MA785GM-US2H version: x.x Bios: Award version: F11 date: 05/17/2010
CPU:       Dual core AMD Phenom II X2 555 (-MCP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4a svm) bmips: 12858.4 
           Clock Speeds: 1: 3214.605 MHz 2: 3214.605 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RS880 [Radeon HD 4200] bus-ID: 01:05.0 
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1600x900@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD RS880 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RS880 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 4200 Series] 
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:05.1 
           Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2 
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-37-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller 
           driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: de00 bus-ID: 04:00.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom BCM4352 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter driver: wl bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: eth1 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2184.5GB (72.2% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: SAMSUNG_HD204UI size: 2000.4GB 
           2: id: /dev/sdb model: Corsair_CSSD size: 32.0GB 3: id: /dev/sdc model: SPCC_Solid_State size: 120.0GB 
           4: id: /dev/sdg model: SD/MMC size: 32.0GB 
Partition: ID: / size: 22G used: 9.9G (48%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 1.8T used: 1.5T (84%) fs: ext4 
           ID: swap-1 size: 8.02GB used: 0.41GB (5%) fs: swap 
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 27.2C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
Info:      Processes: 212 Uptime: 17 days Memory: 1673.7/3445.7MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4 
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.11) inxi: 1.9.17 


#10 greerd



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 11:15 PM

I have had one crash since my first post but since eddie wasn't running from the terminal, I didn't find anything in the logs. Airvpn logs were turned on for it but nothing in there that I noticed as an eddie/mono problem. Makes sense I guess since openvpn keeps running.

The only thing so far is in my first post 'spoiler' were I ran airvpn from a terminal, here's what I think is the pertinent part:

. 2017.04.10 14:02:59 - Systems & servers data update completed
mono() [0x49ff2f]
mono() [0x4f390e]
mono() [0x426c19]
/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0(+0x11390) [0x7fc95eabf390]
/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6(+0x7e461) [0x7fc95e763461]
/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6(+0x800a8) [0x7fc95e7650a8]
/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6(cfree+0x4c) [0x7fc95e76898c]
/usr/lib/libgdiplus.so.0(+0x11786) [0x7fc95aba9786]

Debug info from gdb:

Got a SIGSEGV while executing native code. This usually indicates
a fatal error in the mono runtime or one of the native libraries
used by your application.


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:35 PM

So an intermittent bug in mono would not be a big surprise.

This seems like an indicator of stretched resources:



Maybe the SIGSEGV made a "core" dump file which you could ship to Air with a bug report.

But maybe it is not a high priority problem due to fairly infrequent, limited negative impact, difficult to program around if in mono, better to wait for mono bug fix, ... ???

I am afraid I did C++/C programming and debugging on Unix in the late 80s and early 90s, then went away to the land of Java/J2EE and then became a refugee from the IT industry dot com crash and toxic fallout in 2001 to go bush and down the beach, so now have barnacles on the rust on the neurons.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 01:41 PM

@serenacat, at least you have the neurons, more than I can say!


I have a core dump, but with the crash frequency dropping to a manageable level, I won't bother with a bug report, let them work on eddie 3.0 instead.


I'll be glad when eddie 3.0 comes out, I've already dropped Tomboy and Clementine, so my last mono dependent is eddie.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 06:50 AM

I'm one of those Linux Mint newbies on the forum, but I haven't asked any questions yet. I was hoping to find answers myself and now im questioning my idea to build a vpn router on linux. It's more of a personal project than need, but I was going to run my crypto miners off of it. Looks best to hold off until eddie 3.0 and see how that goes.

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