[Aptitude-devel] Bug#822560: Bug#822560: aptitude: Pressing "q" to quit after installation leaves a black terminal

Ralf Jung post at ralfj.de
Wed Apr 27 10:35:33 UTC 2016


> In my case (using konsole) it just goes blank as part of restoring
> curses, then shuts down and the previous lines of the screen are
> visible, without painting any extra blank lines in between.
> aptitude doesn't print empty lines on purpose, so printing a message
> like "Shutting down..." wouldn't help in this case -- if the extra blank
> lines are printed (as far as aptitude can tell) for no apparent reason
> and out of aptitude's control, then the "Shutting down..." message from
> aptitude would disappear from the visible part of the terminal as well
> when those blank lines are printed.
> So the key is to find out why the blanking of the screen happens.

Maybe there was a misunderstanding here, but there are no unexpected
"blank lines". What happens is that the entire console goes black after
pressing "q<ENTER>". Then, after some time (longer than I would expect),
the prompt appears as expected. Additional empty lines appear only if I
hit "<ENTER>" while the screen is black.
  The bug was reported because I was not patient enough to wait for this
black screen to go away -- after 2 or 3 seconds, I concluded that
something went wrong and did Ctrl-C. That's why I suggested to use
curses to show some "Shutting down..." instead of going black. curses
should be fast enough for that; after all, if I just hit "<ENTER>" (no
"q"), then the aptitude main window immediately appears (and it tells me
to wait a little while it does some work). The slow bit here is
aptitude, not curses.

Kind regards,

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