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bug#17231: [PATCH] term.el: unreliable directory tracking

From: Callum Cameron
Subject: bug#17231: [PATCH] term.el: unreliable directory tracking
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:12:25 +0100

I've had mixed results with directory tracking in ansi-term. Sometimes
output like this appears in my terminal (offending line highlighted
with !):

> address@hidden:~/emacsBugTest/git/emacs/src$ ssh vm3.local
> Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.11.0-19-generic x86_64)
>  * Documentation:  https://help.ubuntu.com/
> Last login: Wed Apr  9 09:49:46 2014 from sulabesi.local
! nSiTu callum
> address@hidden:~$

I put a call to (message "\"%s\"" str) at the start of
term-emulate-terminal to see what was going on. Here are the relevant
values of str:

> "^[AnSiTu callum"
> "^M
> ^[AnSiTh VM3^M
> ^[AnSiTc /home/callum^M
> address@hidden:~$ "

The newline after the AnSiTu command is in the *next* string, so the
command doesn't match the regexp in
term-handle-ansi-terminal-messages. So the '^[A' gets eaten by the
escape-char handling code (and does nothing), and the rest of the
command gets printed as normal text: 'nSiTu callum'.

I haven't found a way to reproduce this reliably. It seems to happen
more often on slower machines, but happens occasionally even on fast
ones. In this case I was doing a login over SSH, but it happens in
local shells, too (although not as often). Here's the minimal
.bash_profile that was on vm3.local in this example. It sometimes
causes the bug for me (but might not for you!):

> if [ "${TERM}" = 'eterm-color' ]; then
>     printf '\eAnSiTu %s\n' "$(id -un)"
>     printf '\eAnSiTh %s\n' "$(hostname)"
>     printf '\eAnSiTc %s\n' "$(pwd)"
> fi

As you can see, this isn't even doing directory tracking, just setting
up the initial state when the shell starts - but it's enough to
trigger the bug. The order of the prints doesn't seem to matter; it's
always the first command that gets missed. It doesn't seem to be a
bash-specific problem, either, since I've had the same thing happen in
zsh, and it happens locally as well as over SSH. The problem is
present both in Emacs 24.3.1 from the Ubuntu package repositories, and
in trunk (as of commit 35adb6a463abe5e0539bc72082bdb0217a6c11d5 in the
git mirror).

If you don't experience the bug, you can force it manually by doing
(in bash):

> printf '\eAnSiTu %s' "$(id -un)"; sleep 1; printf '\n'

Everything here has been done in emacs -Q, then going straight to M-x

The patch checks to see if there is an incomplete command at the end
of term-emulate-terminal's input string, and, if so, saves it so the
whole command can be processed when the next string arrives. I'm a
Lisp newbie, so I don't know if this is the best way to do it, and it
isn't foolproof - if the command gets split in the 'AnSiT' magic, it
won't get handled. But I've never seen this happen (I've only ever
seen the trailing newline get split off), and I've been using it for a
few weeks without problems, and without any noticeable slowdown.

Patch against the term.el in trunk.

*** old_term.el    2014-04-09 10:41:01.264492832 +0100
--- new_term.el    2014-04-09 10:27:56.784487049 +0100
*** 607,612 ****
--- 607,615 ----
  the user command `term-send-input'.  `term-simple-send' just sends
  the string plus a newline.")

+ (defvar term-partial-ansi-terminal-message nil "Keep partial ansi
+ terminal messages for future processing.")
  (defcustom term-eol-on-send t
    "Non-nil means go to the end of the line before sending input.
  See `term-send-input'."
*** 1097,1102 ****
--- 1100,1107 ----
    (make-local-variable 'ange-ftp-default-password)
    (make-local-variable 'ange-ftp-generate-anonymous-password)

+   (make-local-variable 'term-partial-ansi-terminal-message)
    ;; You may want to have different scroll-back sizes -mm
    (make-local-variable 'term-buffer-maximum-size)

*** 2693,2698 ****
--- 2698,2708 ----
  ;;difference ;-) -mm

  (defun term-handle-ansi-terminal-messages (message)
+   ;; Handle stored partial message
+   (when term-partial-ansi-terminal-message
+     (setq message (concat term-partial-ansi-terminal-message message))
+     (setq term-partial-ansi-terminal-message nil))
    ;; Is there a command here?
    (while (string-match "\eAnSiT.+\n" message)
      ;; Extract the command code and the argument.
*** 2745,2750 ****
--- 2755,2767 ----
        (setq ange-ftp-default-user nil)
        (setq ange-ftp-default-password nil)
        (setq ange-ftp-generate-anonymous-password nil)))))
+   ;; If there is a partial message at the end of the string, store it
+   ;; for future use.
+   (when (string-match "\eAnSiT.+$" message)
+     (setq term-partial-ansi-terminal-message (match-string 0 message))
+     (setq message (replace-match "" t t message)))

Here's the output from report-emacs-bug, too:

In GNU Emacs (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 2.24.20)
 of 2014-04-09 on Sulabesi
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version 11.0.11405000
System Description:    Linux Mint 16 Petra

Configured using:
 `configure --prefix=/home/callum/emacsBugTest/install'

Configured features:

Important settings:
  value of $LC_CTYPE: en_GB.UTF-8
  value of $LANG: en_GB.UTF-8
  locale-coding-system: utf-8-unix

Major mode: Term

Minor modes in effect:
  shell-dirtrack-mode: t
  tooltip-mode: t
  electric-indent-mode: t
  mouse-wheel-mode: t
  tool-bar-mode: t
  menu-bar-mode: t
  file-name-shadow-mode: t
  global-font-lock-mode: t
  font-lock-mode: t
  blink-cursor-mode: t
  auto-composition-mode: t
  auto-encryption-mode: t
  auto-compression-mode: t
  line-number-mode: t
  transient-mark-mode: t

Recent input:
<menu> a n s i - t e r m <return> <return> s s h SPC
v m 3 . l o c a l <return> C-d <up> <return> C-d <up>
<return> C-d <up> <return> C-d <up> <return> <menu>
r e p o r t - e m a c s - b u g <return>

Recent messages:
For information about GNU Emacs and the GNU system, type C-h C-a.

Load-path shadows:
None found.

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Memory information:
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