cleanup: Flush cursor state to stdout before removing interrupt handler

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State Accepted, archived
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Series cleanup: Flush cursor state to stdout before removing interrupt handler | expand

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Chris Down April 6, 2022, 3:47 a.m. UTC
It's possible that the cursor does not reappear after pressing ^C during
shutdown. In my case, I noticed this when pressing ^C after getting
results from `pacman -F` -- this can reasonably reliably be triggered by
issuing a file query and pressing ^C shortly after results are shown.

There are two reasons for this issue:

1. The graceful SIGINT handler is removed at the start of cleanup(), but
   the window from entering cleanup() to reaching exit() is non trivial.
   The main offender is FREELIST(pm_targets), which on my T14s takes
   >0.1s to execute. This means that if you are unlucky enough to press
   ^C while there, the cursor isn't coming back, because we haven't
   issued any command to show the cursor again yet, and the userspace
   signal handler is already blown away.
2. Moving console_cursor_show() to earlier in cleanup() only half solves
   the issue. While it's fine not to flush after _hiding_ the cursor,
   since it will at least make itself apparent before any other text
   reaches the screen, _showing_ the cursor must be followed by flushing
   stdout, because once the graceful SIGINT handler is gone, if you
   press ^C, no flush will be triggered (and thus there will be no

This fixes the issue by always starting out by showing the cursor again
at cleanup() time. This means that no matter where we get caught at ^C,
we will not end up leaving the terminal without its beloved ensign.

Signed-off-by: Chris Down <>
 src/pacman/pacman.c | 2 +-
 src/pacman/util.c   | 9 +++++++++
 2 files changed, 10 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)


Chris Down April 6, 2022, 4:08 a.m. UTC | #1
Well, you can tell it's late here because I'm not sure why I wrote "interrupt 
handler" instead of "signal handler" in the title, and I'm not sure why I put 
the fflush() outside of the isatty() guard. Let me send that again...


diff --git a/src/pacman/pacman.c b/src/pacman/pacman.c
index ea536a47..e5c6e420 100644
--- a/src/pacman/pacman.c
+++ b/src/pacman/pacman.c
@@ -289,6 +289,7 @@  static void setuseragent(void)
 static void cleanup(int ret)
+	console_cursor_show();
 	if(config) {
 		/* free alpm library resources */
@@ -302,7 +303,6 @@  static void cleanup(int ret)
 	/* free memory */
-	console_cursor_show();
diff --git a/src/pacman/util.c b/src/pacman/util.c
index 53833d6f..d57867ab 100644
--- a/src/pacman/util.c
+++ b/src/pacman/util.c
@@ -1427,6 +1427,15 @@  void console_cursor_show(void) {
 	if(isatty(fileno(stdout))) {
+	/* We typically explicitly show the cursor either when we are getting
+	 * input from stdin, or when we are in the process of exiting. In the
+	 * former case, it's not guaranteed that the terminal will see the
+	 * command before reading from stdin. In the latter case, we need to
+	 * make sure that if we get a further TERM/INT after we return signal
+	 * disposition to SIG_DFL, it doesn't leave the cursor invisible.
+	 */
+	fflush(stdout);
 char *safe_fgets_stdin(char *s, int size)