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In e3f7e01 (Revert "editor: save and reset terminal after calling
EDITOR", 2021-11-22), we reverted the commit wholesale where the
terminal state would be saved and restored before/after calling an

The reverted commit was intended to fix a problem with Windows Terminal
where simply calling `vi` would cause problems afterwards.

To fix the problem addressed by the revert, but _still_ keep the problem
with Windows Terminal fixed, let's revert the revert, with a twist: we
restrict the save/restore _specifically_ to the case where `vi` (or
`vim`) is called, and do not do the same for any other editor.

This should still catch the majority of the cases, and will bridge the
time until the original patch is re-done in a way that addresses all

Signed-off-by: Johannes Schindelin <>
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dscho committed Nov 25, 2021
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#include "strbuf.h"
#include "run-command.h"
#include "sigchain.h"
#include "compat/terminal.h"

#define DEFAULT_EDITOR "vi"
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return error("Terminal is dumb, but EDITOR unset");

if (strcmp(editor, ":")) {
int save_and_restore_term = !strcmp(editor, "vi") || !strcmp(editor, "vim");
struct strbuf realpath = STRBUF_INIT;
const char *args[] = { editor, NULL, NULL };
struct child_process p = CHILD_PROCESS_INIT;
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p.env = env;
p.use_shell = 1;
p.trace2_child_class = "editor";
if (save_and_restore_term)
save_and_restore_term = !save_term(1);
if (start_command(&p) < 0) {
if (save_and_restore_term)
return error("unable to start editor '%s'", editor);

sigchain_push(SIGINT, SIG_IGN);
sigchain_push(SIGQUIT, SIG_IGN);
ret = finish_command(&p);
if (save_and_restore_term)
sig = ret - 128;
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