[PATCH] getty: Wait until all output written to stdout has been transmitted

Denys Vlasenko vda.linux at googlemail.com
Sun Jan 23 14:39:02 UTC 2011

On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM, Michal Simek <monstr at monstr.eu> wrote:
> Rich Felker wrote:
>> On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 01:40:45PM +0100, Mikhail Gusarov wrote:
>>> Twas brillig at 02:57:47 22.01.2011 UTC+01 when vda.linux at googlemail.com
>>> did gyre and gimble:
>>>  DV> But it may lead to a hang if serial line gets mangled: in some
>>>  DV> situations tcdrain may wait forever.
>>>  DV> I propose adding sleep(1) before the flush.  Can you verify that it
>>>  DV> works?
>>> alarm+tcdrain maybe? This way it won't wait a second if there is nothing
>>> to drain.
>> Indeed this is a much better solution. Calling sleep(1) is really
>> annoying.
> Give me what I should test and I will do it.

Insert sleep(1) before tcflush(0, TCIOFLUSH) in termios_init in getty.c,
and let us know whether the "getty nukes a few last output chars sent
before it is started" problem has been fixed by it.

If it does, experiment with smaller sleeps - use usleep(MICROSECONDS) -
and let us know what minimal pause is enough. Also let us know
the settings on the serial line (primarily baud rate). If you can use
different ones, experiment with smallest available.

There is already another sleep(1) in getty, in get_logname - can you
experiment with lowering it too?


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