Bug 89151 - Terminal hangs and hogs CPU when running make menuconfig on a 2.5 kernel tree
Summary: Terminal hangs and hogs CPU when running make menuconfig on a 2.5 kernel tree
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: vte
Version: 9
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-04-18 13:40 UTC by Antonio Vargas
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:53 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2004-11-05 03:23:50 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Complete list of installed packages (9.25 KB, text/plain)
2003-04-18 13:42 UTC, Antonio Vargas
no flags Details

Description Antonio Vargas 2003-04-18 13:40:36 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; es-ES; rv:1.2.1) Gecko/20030225

Description of problem:

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. unpack a 2.5 kernel tree somewhere
2. goto directory
3. make menuconfig
4. drill down 2 or 3 times
5. press exit several time to get back to main menu


Actual Results:  The terminal hangs

Expected Results:  Get back to the main menu just like when first entering it.

Additional info:

Tried both with and without AA fonts on gnome-terminal, it failed always.

Tried the same on xterm, it worked.

Tried the same on xterm with AA fonts, it worked.

Machine is Athlon 900, 256mb ram, nvidia tnt1 card with standard nv.o Xfree
driver (no nvidia driver).

Comment 1 Antonio Vargas 2003-04-18 13:42:11 UTC
Created attachment 91188 [details]
Complete list of installed packages

Comment 2 Warren Togami 2003-04-19 08:10:32 UTC
I have reproduced this.  Anything that causes lots of text to fly by quickly in
gnome-terminal can cause this lockup when using kernel-2.5.x.

Workaround: If you start a process that has lots of text flying by, but minimize
the window, it wont lockup.

Comment 3 Jan "Yenya" Kasprzak 2003-07-22 13:20:13 UTC
I have reproduced this - even running "make menuconfig" locks up the terminal,
when it is vertically maximized.

However - I've first experienced this after booting to 2.6.0-test1 kernel

Comment 4 Antonio Vargas 2003-07-22 15:28:16 UTC
I was running the standard 2.4.x kernel when I saw it.

According to linux-kernel mailing list, this is an application bug uncovered by
the new O(1) scheduler.

Relevant thread:


Message-ID: <6uwueidhdd.fsf.net>

Comment 5 Ray Strode [halfline] 2004-11-05 03:23:50 UTC
It sounds like this is an old kernel problem.  I'm going to close the
bug, but if people are still experiencing problems using recent
packages, please feel free to reopen.

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