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[binutils-gdb] Make gdb.base/corefile.exp work on terminals with few rows

*** TEST RESULTS FOR COMMIT bd447abb2442f74c2b4886f6cdacd16fce3c9d65 ***

Author: Simon Marchi <>
Branch: master
Commit: bd447abb2442f74c2b4886f6cdacd16fce3c9d65

Make gdb.base/corefile.exp work on terminals with few rows

When creating a pty to spawn a subprocess (such as gdb), Expect
copies the settings of its own controlling terminal, including the
number of rows and columns.  If you "make check" on a terminal with just
a few rows (e.g. 4), GDB will paginate before reaching the initial
prompt.  In default_gdb_start, used by most tests, this is already
handled: if we see the pagination prompt, we sent \n to continue.

Philippe reported that gdb.base/corefile.exp didn't work in terminals
with just a few rows.  This test spawns GDB by hand, because it needs to
check things before the initial prompt, which it couldn't do if it used

In this case I think it's not safe to use the same technique as in
default_gdb_start.  Even if we could send a \n if we see a pagination
prompt, we match some multiline regexes in there.  So if a pagination
slips in there, it might make the regexes not match and fail the test.

It's also not possible to use -ex "set height 0" or -iex "set height 0",
it is handled after the introduction text is shown.

The simplest way I found to avoid showing the pagination completely is
to set stty_init (documented in expect's man page) to initialize gdb's
pty with a fixed number of rows.

And actually, if we set stty_init in gdb_init, it works nicely as a
general solution applicable to all tests.  We can therefore remove the
solution introduced in e882ef3cfc3 ("testsuite: expect possible
pagination when starting gdb") where we matched the pagination prompt
during startup.


	* lib/gdb.exp (default_gdb_start): Don't match pagination
	(gdb_init): Set stty_init.

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