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Bug 1577512 - gnome terminal hangs after switch to another application
Summary: gnome terminal hangs after switch to another application
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: vte
Version: 6.9
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Debarshi Ray
QA Contact: Desktop QE
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-05-12 16:13 UTC by Alain D D Williams
Modified: 2019-07-03 13:39 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2019-07-03 12:27:08 UTC
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Description Alain D D Williams 2018-05-12 16:13:15 UTC
Description of problem:

A gnome terminal session will hang after a switch to something else (eg evince - and do a page-up) and then back to gnome terminal. Typing characters does nothing, but scroll the mouse (or double-click a word) and it reawakens and the typed characters are sent to the application.

It does seem to depend on the application being run under gnome terminal; it happens with mutt, but not vim.

Attaching the application (ie mutt) with strace some how ''fixed'' the issue; then I ran strace under xterm (ie not gnome terminal) and the 'protective' effect of strace did not happen.

I also saw this affect bash (when I suspended mutt with ^z).

If I ran mutt under xterm I do not see this behaviour.

Gnome terminal 2.31.3

x86_64 fully up to date - CentOS

This first appeared after I ran an update that installed the components below and I then rebooted due to the new kernel. Do however that a new version of VTE was installed, I suspect that this is the change that made this problem.

May 11 08:51:09 Updated: kernel-firmware-2.6.32-696.28.1.el6.noarch
May 11 08:51:17 Installed: kernel-2.6.32-696.28.1.el6.x86_64
May 11 08:51:21 Updated: tzdata-2018e-3.el6.noarch
May 11 08:51:23 Updated: kernel-headers-2.6.32-696.28.1.el6.x86_64
May 11 08:53:04 Installed: kernel-devel-2.6.32-696.28.1.el6.x86_64
May 11 08:53:06 Updated: perf-2.6.32-696.28.1.el6.x86_64
May 11 08:53:20 Updated: kernel-doc-2.6.32-696.28.1.el6.noarch
May 11 08:53:22 Updated: tzdata-java-2018e-3.el6.noarch
May 11 08:53:23 Updated: kernel-abi-whitelists-2.6.32-696.28.1.el6.noarch
May 11 08:53:25 Updated: vte-0.25.1-10.el6_9.x86_64

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:

Run mutt under gnome terminal


Switch to another virtual desktop (Ctrl-Shift-arrow-key) where evince is running.


Page up/down in the PDF


Switch back to mutt


Press keys that mutt should react to, eg up-arrow and nothing happens.

Comment 2 Debarshi Ray 2018-05-16 16:05:55 UTC
Sounds similar to bug 1546615

Comment 4 Alain D D Williams 2019-07-03 12:59:51 UTC
Why is this marked WONTFIX ? Is it because RHEL 6 has not got long to live ?

I cannot see bug 1546615.

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