What causes a Python segmentation fault?

What causes a Python segmentation fault?

This happens when a python extension (written in C) tries to access a memory beyond reach.

You can trace it in following ways.

  • Add sys.settrace at the very first line of the code.
  • Use gdb as described by Mark in this answer.. At the command prompt

    gdb python
    (gdb) run /path/to/script.py
    ## wait for segfault ##
    (gdb) backtrace
    ## stack trace of the c code

I understand youve solved your issue, but for others reading this thread, here is the answer: you have to increase the stack that your operating system allocates for the python process.

The way to do it, is operating system dependant. In linux, you can check with the command ulimit -s your current value and you can increase it with ulimit -s <new_value>

Try doubling the previous value and continue doubling if it does not work, until you find one that does or run out of memory.

What causes a Python segmentation fault?

Segmentation fault is a generic one, there are many possible reasons for this:

  • Low memory
  • Faulty Ram memory
  • Fetching a huge data set from the db using a query (if the size of fetched data is more than swap mem)
  • wrong query / buggy code
  • having long loop (multiple recursion)

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