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SubjectRe: TIOCGWINSZ retuns old pty size after receiving SIGWINCH
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 09:54:14 +0200 Ico Doornekamp <lkml@zevv.nl> wrote:

>
>
> * On 2008-08-19 Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> wrote :
>
> > On Sun, 10 Aug 2008 17:08:59 +0200 Ico Doornekamp <lkml@zevv.nl> wrote:
> >
> > > 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?
>
> I guess about 10 to 20% of the resizes. I happen to be using a tiling
> window manager which causes resizing more often and more agressive then
> 'normal' window managers, I guess this helps triggering the problem.
>
> I temporary worked around this issue this by changing the order of the
> signal and the updating of the pty size in tty_io.c's tiocswinsz(), but
> this is not much of a real fix.
>

Well damn. Are you sure? The code looks solid to me.

At least, it does after

Author: Alan Cox <alan@redhat.com> 2008-08-15 02:39:38
Committer: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> 2008-08-15 10:34:07
Parent: 000b9151d7851cc1e490b2a76d0206e524f43cca (Fix race/oops in tty layer after BKL pushdown)
Branches: git-cifs, git-ia64, git-nfs, git-powerpc-merge, linux-next, remotes/origin/master
Follows: v2.6.27-rc3
Precedes: next-20080818

tty: remove resize window special case

perhaps you're still running a kernel which is earlier than that?




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