Closed Bug 418938 Opened 13 years ago Closed 12 years ago

rxvt is ugly as sin


( :: MozillaBuild, task)

Windows XP
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(Not tracked)



(Reporter: mossop, Assigned: ted)




(1 file)

MozillaBuild currently pawns off to an rxvt process. I can't fathom any reason for not just sticking in the cmd process. rxvt looks awful on windows and the colours and fonts are from what I can see hardcoded.

Now cmd on the other hand, if I create a shortcut to the bat file I can choose whatever fonts/colours/size I like from the shortcut properties.

This change appears to be as simple as replacing the rxvt line with:

%MOZILLABUILD%\msys\bin\bash --login -i
Not that I agree on the ugly-as-sin, but it would fix the stdin confusion that python and xpcshell are suffering from, and make command history in python work again.

What didn't work for me was closing the window with crtl-d from within bash, that asks if I want to terminate the shell script. Is there a way to fix that?
Blocks: 373684
Candidate for MozillaBuild 1.3?  (Bug 394044)
(I also have to wonder if this might fix my recursive rxvt launch bug on Vista x64...)
I personally really think that we need a third option, the lack of a descent copy-and-paste solution is a blocker to me.
I would be happy to use a third option if such a thing exists. I have not seen anything that we could use. Ideally, someone would port PuttyCYG to work with MSYS:
This makes using Mercurial bad, since the first-run ssh behavior is horked (See bug 402224 comment 8). Gonna go with Mossop's solution.
Assignee: nobody → ted.mielczarek
Blocks: 402224
Attached patch goodbye rxvtSplinter Review
Lesser of two evils? I don't know.
Attachment #324033 - Flags: review?(benjamin)
Please don't do this -- the stock cmd emulator is horrid, rxvt at least is a real terminal emulator.  The colors/fonts are not in any way hardcoded; things like -fg, -bg, and -fn work fine (see

I'm not sure what can be done about the stdin/etc. confusion, but I don't think that this is necessarily rxvt's fault.  I've seen plenty of stdin strangeness using cmd.exe as well.
(In reply to comment #8)
> Please don't do this -- the stock cmd emulator is horrid, rxvt at least is a
> real terminal emulator.  The colors/fonts are not in any way hardcoded; things
> like -fg, -bg, and -fn work fine (see

Command line settings effectively means hardcoded when it comes to MozillaBuild for me. Install a new version of MozillaBuild and you lose your changes.
vlad: we've had tons of complaints about rxvt. I don't think cmd.exe is great either, but I don't think it's significantly worse than rxvt. The stdin confusion is a dealbreaker for me with hg though, since it completely breaks the first-run experience.
Also, note that I'm not removing rxvt, I'm just not starting it by default. You're still welcome to run it after the fact, or use your old startup script, or whatever.
(In reply to comment #7)
> Created an attachment (id=324033) [details]
> goodbye rxvt

FYI, using this patch, on Vista x64, I can launch bash, but whenever I try to run anything (like "make --version"), I get errors like this:

bash-2.04$ make --version
30361134 [main] bash 2184 sync_with_child: child 5176(0x124) died before initial
ization with status code 0x0
30362392 [main] bash 2184 sync_with_child: *** child state waiting for longjmp
bash: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable

It's still progress.  It just means yet another glitch in the way to doing 64-bit builds.
Attachment #324033 - Flags: review?(benjamin) → review+
Checked in.
Closed: 12 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
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