[PATCH v2] Cygwin: pty: Reduce unecessary input transfer.

Takashi Yano takashi.yano@nifty.ne.jp
Fri Dec 10 10:20:40 GMT 2021

On Fri, 10 Dec 2021 00:05:27 +0100 (CET)
Johannes Schindelin wrote:
> sorry for responding to a patch you sent almost 10 months ago... but... I
> am struggling with it.
> First of all, let me describe the problem I am seeing (see also
> https://github.com/git-for-windows/git/issues/3579): after upgrading the
> MSYS2 runtime to v3.3.3 in Git for Windows, whenever I ask `git.exe` to
> spawn `vim.exe` to edit any file, after quitting `vim` I see spurious ANSI
> sequences being "ghost-typed" into the terminal (which is a MinTTY running
> under `TERM=xterm`).
> Apparently the ANSI sequences report the cursor position and the
> foreground/background color in response to a CSI [ 6n sent from `vim`.
> Clearly, those sequences should go to `vim.exe`, but they mostly don't
> arrive there (but in MinTTY instead, as if I had typed them). Sometimes,
> the foreground/background color seems to arrive in the `vim` process, but
> the cursor position almost always does not. I suspect that it is important
> that `git.exe` is a non-MSYS2 process whereas `vim.exe` is an MSYS2
> process, and something inside the MSYS2 runtime is at fault.
> I've bisected this incorrect behavior to the patch I am replying to.
> I tried to trigger the same bug in pure Cygwin (as opposed to MSYS2),
> specifically using `disable_pcon` (because MSYS2 defaults to not using the
> pseudo console support because I ran into too many issues to be confident
> enough in it yet), but I think that Cygwin's `vim` is too old and
> therefore might not even send that CSI [ 6n (although `:h t_RV` _does_
> show the expected help).
> Now, the patch which I am responding to is completely obscure to me. It is
> very, very unclear to me whether it really tries to only do one thing
> (namely to transfer the input no longer in `read()` but in `setpgid()`),
> or rather does many things at once. Even worse, I have not the faintest
> clue how this patch is trying to accomplish what the commit message
> describes (_because_ it does so many things at once), nor how that could
> be related to the observed incorrect behavior, and as a consequence I have
> no idea how I can hope to fix said observed incorrect behavior.
> Could you help shed some light into the problem?

Thanks for the report.
Could you please test if the following patch solves the issue?

diff --git a/winsup/cygwin/fhandler_tty.cc b/winsup/cygwin/fhandler_tty.cc
index f523dafed..ba282b897 100644
--- a/winsup/cygwin/fhandler_tty.cc
+++ b/winsup/cygwin/fhandler_tty.cc
@@ -1239,10 +1239,13 @@ fhandler_pty_slave::mask_switch_to_pcon_in (bool mask, bool xfer)
   else if (InterlockedDecrement (&num_reader) == 0)
     CloseHandle (slave_reading);
+  bool need_xfer =
+    get_ttyp ()->switch_to_pcon_in && !get_ttyp ()->pcon_activated;
   /* In GDB, transfer input based on setpgid() does not work because
      GDB may not set terminal process group properly. Therefore,
      transfer input here if isHybrid is set. */
-  if (isHybrid && !!masked != mask && xfer
+  if ((isHybrid || need_xfer) && !!masked != mask && xfer
       && GetStdHandle (STD_INPUT_HANDLE) == get_handle ())
       if (mask && get_ttyp ()->pcon_input_state_eq (tty::to_nat))
@@ -1536,7 +1539,7 @@ out:
   if (ptr0)
     { /* Not tcflush() */
       bool saw_eol = totalread > 0 && strchr ("\r\n", ptr0[totalread -1]);
-      mask_switch_to_pcon_in (false, saw_eol);
+      mask_switch_to_pcon_in (false, saw_eol || len == 0);
@@ -2214,6 +2217,15 @@ fhandler_pty_master::write (const void *ptr, size_t len)
       return len;
+  if (to_be_read_from_pcon () && !get_ttyp ()->pcon_activated
+      && get_ttyp ()->pcon_input_state == tty::to_cyg)
+    {
+      WaitForSingleObject (input_mutex, INFINITE);
+      fhandler_pty_slave::transfer_input (tty::to_nat, from_master,
+					  get_ttyp (), input_available_event);
+      ReleaseMutex (input_mutex);
+    }
   line_edit_status status = line_edit (p, len, ti, &ret);
   if (status > line_edit_signalled && status != line_edit_pipe_full)
     ret = -1;

Takashi Yano <takashi.yano@nifty.ne.jp>

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