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SubjectRe: TIOCGWINSZ retuns old pty size after receiving SIGWINCH
On Sun, 10 Aug 2008 17:08:59 +0200 Ico Doornekamp <> wrote:

> Hello,
> Recently my X terminals showed annoying behaviour where the application
> in the terminal was not resized properly to the actual size of the X
> terminal emulator window, resulting in a lot of misaligned text on the
> screen. Hunting the issue down from the windowmanager and the terminal
> emulator program, I suspect the problem might lie in the kernel. I'm
> running 2.6.26 on a dual core i386.
> What I see is this: the userspace application receives a SIGWINCH signal
> and acquires the terminal size usign the TIOCGWINSZ ioctl. It seems that
> in some cases the old instead of the new terminal size is returned.
> A small delay before the ioctl seems to 'fix' this behaviour.
> I noticed some changes involving locking in the the pty code in the last
> kernel verions, could one of these changes cause the above behaviour ? If
> so, wouldn't this affect much more users ?

hm, that code is pretty simple and although it does the SIGWINCH and
the window-size setting in a peculiar order, it looks to be race-free.

Approximately what proportion of the time does it go wrong?

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