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Date:	Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:03:21 -0400
From:	"Javeed Shaikh" <>
Subject: Re: TIOCGWINSZ retuns old pty size after receiving SIGWINCH

I spoke too soon. The problem still exists with my workaround on the
latest git kernel,
but it seems to be harder to reproduce.

On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 10:51 PM, Javeed Shaikh <> wrote:
> 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 ?
>> Ico
> Hi,
> I've been experiencing similar issues.
> Here's a screenshot: .
> Note how emacs is only taking up half of the terminal's total height.
> However, my diagnostics are different from yours. Sending SIGWINCH
> (in this case, to emacs) fixes the issue, at least temporarily. However,
> sending SIGWINCH to the shell process under which emacs is running
> (using a negative PID, to specify the "process group") has no visible effect.
> I believe the issue has to do with sending SIGWINCH to process groups,
> though I do not have enough experience in this area to be sure.
> git-bisect tracked it down to this:
> 46151122e0a2e80e5a6b2889f595e371fe2b600d is first bad commit
> commit 46151122e0a2e80e5a6b2889f595e371fe2b600d
> Author: Mike Galbraith <>
> Date:   Thu May 8 17:00:42 2008 +0200
>    sched: fix weight calculations
> Starting at v2.6.26, I wasn't able to easily revert the commit. However,
> the following "patch" seems to have alleviated the problem.
> === begin patch ===
> diff --git a/kernel/sched_features.h b/kernel/sched_features.h
> index 1c7283c..0e269ed 100644
> --- a/kernel/sched_features.h
> +++ b/kernel/sched_features.h
> @@ -1,4 +1,4 @@
> === end patch ===
> This is merely a workaround, however.
> I was able to easily revert commit 46151122e0a2e80e5a6b2889f595e371fe2b600d on
> the latest git version of the kernel. However, it did not alleviate the problem.
> As in v2.6.26, the above patch (disabling NEW_FAIR_SLEEPERS) seems to work well.
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