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Re: mintty, xterm and rxvt freezes when displaying a binary stream

On 13 May 2013 22:35, Adrian H wrote:
> I inadvertently dumped a binary stream to the terminal and it froze
> mintty.  When I tried to kill the process dumping the data, it
> wouldn't die, even when using -9 switch.  When I used Process Explorer
> to kill it, it died and mintty resumed working.
> I narrowed the stream down to 370 'lines' by catting the file and
> heading and tailing its output.  For some reason, I wasn't able to
> narrow it down any further.
> This issue doesn't occur within cmd running bash (bash is what is
> running through mintty when this occurred).
> I've also tested it with xterm and rxvt and they also froze the
> terminal, so it appears to be something to do with the terminal
> interpreter which may be shared across these three terminal
> programmes.
> I've tried to attached the compressed narrowed down stream for you
> viewing pleasure, but this mailing list doesn't support it. If anyone
> wants to debug this further, just tell me where to put the binary file
> and you can do your thing.
> Not sure what that stream is doing to the terminal to do that to the
> process, but I don't think it should be doing that.
> Any idea what's happening?


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