Calling Reline::Unicode.calculate_width appears to lock up when called from emacs or if output is redirected
In https://github.com/ruby/reline/pull/224 there is a test program
require "reline" p Reline::Unicode.calculate_width("√")
as a test case for bug #17405. This program hangs when called from an emacs shell.
The problem is that cursor_pos in reline/ansi.rb outputs ESC [ 6 n and expects to be able read in raw mode the cursor position. This doesn't work when ruby is invoked from a shell inside emacs.
--> #1 /Users/richard/.rbenv/versions/3.0/lib/ruby/3.0.0/reline/ansi.rb:175:in `cursor_pos' #2 /Users/richard/.rbenv/versions/3.0/lib/ruby/3.0.0/reline.rb:373:in `may_req_ambiguous_char_width' #3 /Users/richard/.rbenv/versions/3.0/lib/ruby/3.0.0/reline.rb:359:in `ambiguous_width' #4 /Users/richard/.rbenv/versions/3.0/lib/ruby/3.0.0/forwardable.rb:238:in `ambiguous_width' #5 /Users/richard/.rbenv/versions/3.0/lib/ruby/3.0.0/reline/unicode.rb:115:in `get_mbchar_width' #6 /Users/richard/.rbenv/versions/3.0/lib/ruby/3.0.0/reline/unicode.rb:143:in `calculate_width' #7 /Users/richard/rubystuff/bugs/cursor_pos/test.rb:4
Even when run from an actual terminal, a similar problem occurs if stdout is redirected:
$ ruby test2.rb > T
The program appears to have locked up at this point; pressing Control-C will not terminate it.
Is it valid for a routine that calculates a character's width to assume that stdin is actually an ANSI sequence compatible terminal?
(This also occurs with ruby version 2.7.2p137.)
Updated by rsharman (Richard Sharman) about 2 months ago
Another way the problem can happen is displaying an EN DASH character, such as in a CSV file produced by LibreOffice.
When a shell is running inside emacs, including the case of running inf-ruby, ANSI sequences are not honoured. In most cases this is harmless; however, in routine cursor_pos it causes problems because it expects to read back characters indicating the cursor position.
A simple fix is to disable this by setting Reline::IOGate to Reline::GeneralIO if the environment variable TERM is set to "dumb", as it in inside emacs; see file Patch. (This supersedes the previous Patch file.)