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bug#22344: 25.0.50 (and 24.5.1, 24.4); Sending 4097 bytes to a subproces

From: Clément Pit--Claudel
Subject: bug#22344: 25.0.50 (and 24.5.1, 24.4); Sending 4097 bytes to a subprocess hangs Emacs on Windows 8 and 10
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:53:23 -0500
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On 01/11/2016 12:39 PM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>> Cc: address@hidden
>> From: Clément Pit--Claudel <address@hidden>
>> Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:40:11 -0500
>>> If I modify your loop.cmd to have the following trivial command:
>>>   @cat > foobar
>>> then Emacs doesn't hang, it happily writes those 4097 bytes, and after
>>> that, I see all of them in the 'foobar' file.  Moreover, I tried the
>>> same test with 100 times as many bytes (i.e. 409700), and it still
>>> worked as expected, with all of the bytes ending up in the file.
>> My Windows doesn't have cat; maybe you installed it through cygwin?
> No, it's a native Windows port of 'cat' from GNU Coreutils.
>> However I tried with Python, and indeed it didn't hang. It seems I 
>> oversimplified the example.
> So what do the offending programs do differently?  Can you describe
> what "jshint", whatever it is, does, it how it reads its stdin?  Does
> it also write its stdout, btw?
>>> So someone with access to the programs in question will have to step
>>> with a debugger through the code involved in this (I can point to the
>>> relevant parts of the Emacs C code), and find out what goes wrong
>>> there, and why. 
>> I don't think my Emacs experience on Windows is quite sufficient for that, 
>> but I would be happy ot help if you can guide me. Bear in mind that at the 
>> moment I don't even have a build chain set up for Emacs on Windows.
> Do you have experience with GDB?

No; but I could learn.

> Also, was the Emacs you have
> compiled with debugging symbols?  if so, I can tell you where to look.

I would guess not.

>> * This hangs:
>> (let ((process  (start-process "bug" nil "node" 
>> "c:/Users/cpitclaudel/AppData/Roaming/npm/node_modules/jshint/bin/jshint" 
>> "-")))
>>   (process-send-string process (make-string 4097 ?a)))
> What does jshint do with the stuff it reads from stdin?  Does it read
> single bytes or larger chunks?

I've created a simple example without JsHint (in my other response). It seems 
to read from stdin asynchronously.

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