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Bug 79221

Summary: mc has problems with the subshell when changing directories
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Iustin Pop <iusty>
Component: mcAssignee: Havoc Pennington <hp>
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE QA Contact: Jay Turner <jturner>
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Hardware: i386   
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Description Flags
strace output from 'strace -p <pid of mc> -fF -s 250 none

Description Iustin Pop 2002-12-07 22:34:20 UTC
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Description of problem:
mc-4.5.55-12 from RedHat 8.0 exhibits a problem with the subshell which didn't
occur with mc-4.5.51 from RedHat 7.3.

The problem is that at every change of directory, the subshell exists with some
error, after communicatting a lot with the parent mc for every path component of
the new or old (I can't tell) location. This results in a delay of ~1-2 seconds
on deeply nested directories - which is annoying, to say the least. The old mc
didn't produce any delay (on this scale).

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. start mc
2. go to, for example, /usr/share/doc/ImageMagick-5.4.7/www/Magick++, which is a
path with many entries
3. navigate up/down in the hierarchy, you will see the delay
4. do a strace -fF -s 250 -p <pid> on the mc process, the exit of the child is
visible, after a lot of strange communication with the parent process (mc itself).

Actual Results:  Subshell exists, instead of changing the cwd to the new location.

Expected Results:  Subshell should just change its cwd.

Additional info:

My system is RedHat 8.0 + updates, but with kernel from + xfs,
and with devfs. A strace will be posted after this bug entry.

Comment 1 Iustin Pop 2002-12-07 22:37:25 UTC
Created attachment 87824 [details]
strace output from 'strace -p <pid of mc> -fF -s 250

Comment 2 Havoc Pennington 2002-12-08 00:16:27 UTC
Try with mc 4.6.0 in rawhide (when it appears on the ftp site, if it hasn't)

Comment 3 Need Real Name 2002-12-24 15:56:13 UTC
I have a similar problem. It seems that the delay disappears when I run mc in non-utf8 environment (like LANG= mc). I also found out that bash-2.05a doesn't have this problem and the latest rawhide bash-2.05b-11 behaves somewhat differently (changing directories is a bit faster but 'LANG= mc' doesn't work anymore). btw, why is bash so slow when pasting big (half a page) portions of text? I think this has something to do with UTF.

Comment 4 Havoc Pennington 2003-02-03 23:08:14 UTC
I'm lost on whether/when/with-what-versions there is still a problem.

Is there a bug here in phoebe 2 or latest rawhide?

Comment 5 Leonard den Ottolander 2004-08-24 21:33:19 UTC
I don't think this problem exists any more. Never experienced it on
RHL 9 or FC 1. Closing.