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authorClemens Buchacher <>2011-08-01 17:59:21 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2011-08-01 23:21:55 (GMT)
commitfc1b56f054a79400c4e72cb1aab97ba2605cbd83 (patch)
tree846a6523cb2d59642633cb163b9472c90f16d98c /run-command.c
parent3bc4181fde899e02aff89f7c0a47f18d37311cb3 (diff)
notice error exit from pager
If the pager fails to run, git produces no output, e.g.: $ GIT_PAGER=not-a-command git log The error reporting fails for two reasons: (1) start_command: There is a mechanism that detects errors during execvp introduced in 2b541bf8 (start_command: detect execvp failures early). The child writes one byte to a pipe only if execvp fails. The parent waits for either EOF, when the successful execvp automatically closes the pipe (see FD_CLOEXEC in fcntl(1)), or it reads a single byte, in which case it knows that the execvp failed. This mechanism is incompatible with the workaround introduced in 35ce8622 (pager: Work around window resizing bug in 'less'), which waits for input from the parent before the exec. Since both the parent and the child are waiting for input from each other, that would result in a deadlock. In order to avoid that, the mechanism is disabled by closing the child_notifier file descriptor. (2) finish_command: The parent correctly detects the 127 exit status from the child, but the error output goes nowhere, since by that time it is already being redirected to the child. No simple solution for (1) comes to mind. Number (2) can be solved by not sending error output to the pager. Not redirecting error output to the pager can result in the pager overwriting error output with standard output, however. Since there is no reliable way to handle error reporting in the parent, produce the output in the child instead. Signed-off-by: Clemens Buchacher <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Diffstat (limited to 'run-command.c')
1 files changed, 6 insertions, 9 deletions
diff --git a/run-command.c b/run-command.c
index 5c91f37..a2796c4 100644
--- a/run-command.c
+++ b/run-command.c
@@ -125,9 +125,6 @@ static int wait_or_whine(pid_t pid, const char *argv0, int silent_exec_failure)
if (code == 127) {
code = -1;
failed_errno = ENOENT;
- if (!silent_exec_failure)
- error("cannot run %s: %s", argv0,
- strerror(ENOENT));
} else {
error("waitpid is confused (%s)", argv0);
@@ -282,14 +279,14 @@ fail_pipe:
} else {
execvp(cmd->argv[0], (char *const*) cmd->argv);
- /*
- * Do not check for cmd->silent_exec_failure; the parent
- * process will check it when it sees this exit code.
- */
- if (errno == ENOENT)
+ if (errno == ENOENT) {
+ if (!cmd->silent_exec_failure)
+ error("cannot run %s: %s", cmd->argv[0],
+ strerror(ENOENT));
- else
+ } else {
die_errno("cannot exec '%s'", cmd->argv[0]);
+ }
if (cmd->pid < 0)
error("cannot fork() for %s: %s", cmd->argv[0],