NetBSD Problem Report #43844

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Subject: Xorg locks up running xkbcomp from the server
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>Number:         43844
>Category:       xsrc
>Synopsis:       Xorg deadlocks running xkbcomp from the server
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    xsrc-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Mon Sep 06 21:35:00 +0000 2010
>Originator:     Christoph Badura
>Release:        NetBSD 5.0_STABLE/ netbsd-5 xsrc as of 2010-04-03
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System: NetBSD limiting-factor 5.0_STABLE NetBSD 5.0_STABLE (nervous-energy) #28: Sun Apr 4 18:51:42 UTC 2010 root@youll-thank-me-later:/m/obj/m/src/sys/arch/i386/compile/nervous-energy i386
Architecture: i386
Machine: i386

The X server often deadlocks shortly after starting soffice.
A prerequisite is using "xconsole" or "xterm -C" to redirect console output
to a window.

The first time soffice displays one of the drop-down menues from the menubar
it queries the X server for the keyboard layout to determine the menu
accelerators.  This causes the Xorg server to spawn xkbcomp and wait for
it to finish.  xkbcomp's stderr is connected to /dev/console.  If xkbcomp
outputs warning messages, xconsole/"xterm -C" will wait indefinitely
for the X server to render the output.  If xkbcomp outputs enough warning
messages, it will become blocked because the pty input queue for /dev/console
will have TTYHOG(1024) waiting to be read.  At this point Xorg, xkbcomp,
xconsole/"xterm -C" will be deadlocked waiting for each other to make

Killing the xkbcomp process and its parent shell is one way to break the lock.
But this can't be done from the graphics console as VT switching (CTL-ALT-Fn)
doesn't work because the X server is blocked waiting for xkbcomp to terminate.

On my system the xkbcomp warning messages look like this:

The XKEYBOARD keymap compiler (xkbcomp) reports:
> Warning:          Duplicate shape name
>                   Using last definition
> Warning:          Duplicate shape name
>                   Using last definition
> Warning:          Multiple doodads named ""
>                   Using first definition
> Warning:          Multiple doodads named ""
>                   Using first definition
> Warning:          Multiple doodads named ""
>                   Usi

My xorg.conf has the following keyoard configuration statements:

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"
	Option      "XkbLayout" "us,de,mn"
	Option      "XKbOptions" "grp:alt_shift_toggle"

Bernd Ernesti reported the problem in the following message:

As of yesterday the Xorg server in the upstream repository still spawned


xconsole &
# move mouse over "File" label in menu bar.


running "setxkbcomp" without arguments before starting soffice (e.g. from
.xinitrc) makes the problem go away.

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