One of my RPis has a problem with python3:

root@sent121:~# python3
Segmentation fault

When debugging a print('hello') script I get

root@sent121:~# dbg python3
-bash: dbg: command not found
root@sent121:~# gdb python3
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Reading symbols from python3...(no debugging symbols found)...done.
(gdb) run /tmp/hello.py
Starting program: /usr/bin/python3 /tmp/hello.py
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
Using host libthread_db library "/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libthread_db.so.1".

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x76fbaa6c in memcmp () from /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libarmmem.so

There is nothing special about this particular RPi - there are ~20 like him managed the same way and it is the only one and they work fine. But magical things happen with computers and I get it that the binary is somehow corrupted.

I tried to reinstall it but ...

root@sent121:~# apt install python3 --reinstall
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 25 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/21.6 kB of archives.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Segmentation fault
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/apt-listchanges --apt || test $? -lt 10 returned an error code (1)
E: Failure running script /usr/bin/apt-listchanges --apt || test $? -lt 10

I am not sure how to interpret it - either the install depends on python3 or an upstream library is corrupted (impacting some binaries). This is not a generalized issue, it touches only some of the libraries so it may be a python3 problem:

root@sent121:~# lsb_release -a
Segmentation fault
root@sent121:~# uname -a
Linux sent121 4.9.59-v7+ #1047 SMP Sun Oct 29 12:19:23 GMT 2017 armv7l GNU/Linux
root@sent121:~# curl http://google.com > /dev/null
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100   266  100   266    0     0    348      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--   348

Are there deb binaries for python3 I could install with dpkg which seems to be ok?

root@sent121:~# dpkg --version
Debian 'dpkg' package management program version 1.18.24 (armhf).

This RPi is far away from me so I would prefer to solve the issue remotely rather than reinstall the card (which I will arrange for is needed)

1 Answer 1


Try to reinstall it manually

$ cd ~

$ wget https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.6.4/Python-3.6.4.tgz

$ sudo tar -xzf Python-3.6.4.tgz
$ cd Python-3.6.4

$ sudo ./configure
$ sudo make
$ sudo make altinstall

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