"emacs -nw" hangs in a terminal

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Wed May 23 15:54:00 GMT 2012

On May 23 08:00, Ken Brown wrote:
> I've gotten some more information from gdb.  The crash occurs after
> a call to _longjmp, and gdb shows a new thread created right at that
> point.  This doesn't happen when I run emacs under X instead of in
> mintty.  Here's an excerpt from the gdb session, with the strange
> thread marked:
> $ gdb -p 6492
> [...]
> Attaching to process 6048
> [New Thread 6048.0x668]
> [New Thread 6048.0x1a5c]
> [New Thread 6048.0x2630]
> [New Thread 6048.0x1d14]
> Reading symbols from /home/kbrown/src/emacs/test-nox/src/emacs.exe...done.
> [...]
> (gdb) b unwind_to_catch
> Breakpoint 3 at 0x52aca2: file eval.c, line 1234.
> (gdb) c
> Continuing.
> [Switching to Thread 6048.0x668]
> [...]
> Breakpoint 3, unwind_to_catch (catch=0x28a8d0, value=12985830) at
> eval.c:1234
> 1234      catch->val = value;
> (gdb) n
> [...]
> 1272      _longjmp (catch->jmp, 1);
> (gdb)
> [New Thread 6048.0x1e04]   <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
> Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.

I don't know what this has to do with the longjmp, but the thread
which gets crated right after pressing Ctrl-G is due to a select or
poll call.  The descriptor is a pipe, fifo, or pty.

> 0x76f3f8b1 in ntdll!RtlUpdateClonedSRWLock () from
> /c/windows/SysWOW64/ntdll.dll
> (gdb) thread apply all bt full
> [compressed output attached]
> And here's the stackdump:
> Exception: STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION at eip=610CFA77

The problem with stackdumps is that the addresses only make sense
for a single version of the Cygwin DLL.  If that's a self-built
version, what does `addr2line -e /bin/cygwin1.dll 610CFA77' print?
If it's 1.7.15, please install the cygwin-debug package and call
the same addr2line.

I assume the address corresponds to select.cc, line 625, but I'm
quite busy with the pthread_cancel stuff, so I didn't look deeper
into this problem.

> eax=80106D50 ebx=34322D73 ecx=766231E7 edx=00000000 esi=00000001
> edi=00000050
> ebp=048FACC8 esp=048FACA0
> program=C:\cygwin\home\kbrown\src\emacs\test-nox\src\emacs.exe, pid
> 6492, thread pipesel
Yes, that's exactly the created thread.  Do you happen to know what
kind of descriptor has been given to select at this point?  Is that
a pty master side perhaps?


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