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bug#32487: 26.1.50; keyboard-quit while main thread blocked crashes Emac
bug#32487: 26.1.50; keyboard-quit while main thread blocked crashes Emacs
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 18:22:19 +0300
> From: Gemini Lasswell <address@hidden>
> Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:57:08 -0700
> In both emacs-26 and master, it's possible to hang or crash Emacs with
> Lisp code which uses threads and is buggy in ways which cause the main
> thread to be blocked, combined with keyboard-quit.
That's ample punishment for a buggy program, don't you think?
> To reproduce, copy the code listed below into a buffer and evaluate it
> (with emacs -Q if you wish). Then choose one of:
> M-x my-hang-1 RET
> M-x my-hang-2 RET
> M-x my-hang-3 RET
> Result: Emacs will stop responding to keyboard input. Repeated use of
> C-g will do nothing when running under X11 and will cause Emacs to crash
> when running in a terminal.
Doing nothing is fine when a program is buggy.
On a TTY, the 1st and the 3rd example are not crashes: they are the
"emergency escape" feature of Emacs. You can read about it in the
manual. It is triggered when more than one C-g is pressed without
Emacs being able to process the first one. Due to the way we process
input nowadays, you cannot see this in action except on a Unix TTY,
where C-g triggers a SIGINT.
The 2nd example seems to be caused by a non-main thread entering
redisplay (I think). Or something like that.