QGIS 2.14 worked fine until a couple of days ago (ubuntu 15.10 wily), but now crashes at startup with only this error :

Segmentation fault (core dumped)

sudo qgis doesn't give any error but QGIS don't start.

qgis --noplugins doesn't help.

QGIS was installed from http://qgis.org/debian.

For development, I installed libqwt6. This might have been the source of the issue, but removal of all qwt packages and QGIS packages didn't help.

  • Did you compile QGIS yourself? Btw, sudo qgis should never be required. May 13, 2016 at 14:49

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Here's how I solved this issue:

  1. Uninstall QGIS and its libraries
  2. Install QGIS 2.8 from the Ubuntu repositories (I had to disable the qgis.org repo to accomplish this)
  3. Launch QGIS 2.8 and update all plugins. I was able to install an available update for qgis2web, even though that version of the plugin wasn't compatible with QGIS 2.8.
  4. Re-enable the qgis.org repo and update to 2.14

2.14 worked fine for me after this. I suspect something about the qgis2web plugin was causing problems, even when launching with --noplugins, but I can't be sure.

  • Thanks for sharing. I can't test your solution because I left Ubuntu for other reasons (I'm returned to Debian).
    – Pierma
    May 13, 2016 at 4:23
  • "I had an available update for qgis2web, even though that plugin wasn't compatible with QGIS" - I don't understand. qgis2web is compatible. I don't know how to investigate further, but if anyone can help, I obviously want to know if it's causing crashes. I don't see how that can happen with --noplugins, though May 13, 2016 at 9:25
  • Sorry, @TomChadwin, I meant to specify the version number originally but left it off by accident. I included my speculation about qgis2web in the hopes that someone might be able to investigate further, but I'm by no means sure that your plugin was the cause. If you think such speculation is more harmful than helpful, I'll remove it from my answer.
    – dericke
    May 13, 2016 at 15:56
  • @dericke No no, if that's your best guess at this stage, you might be right. I'm just saying that qgis2web is compatible with QGIS 2.8. May 14, 2016 at 6:53
  • Good to know. Not sure what the warning I was getting when I tried to update it in 2.8, then. If I find the time, I'll try to reproduce the bug in a VM.
    – dericke
    May 16, 2016 at 20:39

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