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Re: [PATCH] tag: fix column output not using all terminal space

On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 09:56:02AM +0200, Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy wrote:

> git-tag runs a separate git-column command via run_column_filter().
> This makes the new 'git-column' process fail to pick up the terminal
> width for some reason and fall back to default width. Just explicitly
> pass terminal width and avoid this terminal width detection business
> in subprocesses.

I think "some reason" is that we start the pager before running "git
column". Running "git --no-pager tag --column=row" seems to fix it.

It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the pager program itself.

  # use sh to avoid optimizing out pager invocation
  GIT_PAGER='sh -c cat' git tag --column=row

shows the same problem. It looks like we force term_columns() to run
before invoking the pager in order to cache the value. That makes sense,
since TIOCGWINSZ on stdout is not going to be valid after we start
piping it to the pager. But of course our git-column sub-process won't
see that; the value is cached only in memory.

So I think the approach of communicating the width to the sub-process is
the right one. But I think we'd probably want to do so through the
$COLUMNS variable, rather than passing a command-line option. That would
fix the same bug for other cases where we might have multiple layers of
sub-processes (e.g., if we pipe to the pager and then run a hook which
columnizes output).

Something like this seems to make it work for me:

diff --git a/pager.c b/pager.c
index 92b23e6cd1..c4f3412a84 100644
--- a/pager.c
+++ b/pager.c
@@ -162,8 +162,12 @@ int term_columns(void)
 	else {
 		struct winsize ws;
-		if (!ioctl(1, TIOCGWINSZ, &ws) && ws.ws_col)
+		if (!ioctl(1, TIOCGWINSZ, &ws) && ws.ws_col) {
+			char buf[64];
 			term_columns_at_startup = ws.ws_col;
+			xsnprintf(buf, sizeof(buf), "%d", ws.ws_col);
+			setenv("COLUMNS", buf, 0);
+		}

though perhaps that should go into setup_pager(), which is what is
actually making stdout inaccessible.

As an aside, I was confused while looking into this because I _thought_
I had COLUMNS set:

  $ echo $COLUMNS

But it turns out that bash sets that by default (if you have the
checkwinsize option on) but does not export it. ;)