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i3-msg doesn't execute commands after restart #3570

jk977 opened this Issue Dec 23, 2018 · 1 comment


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jk977 commented Dec 23, 2018

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[x] Bug
[ ] Feature Request
[ ] Documentation Request
[ ] Other (Please describe in detail)

Current Behavior

When sending a command to i3 through i3-msg, all commands after a restart command are ignored.

Expected Behavior

All of the passed commands should be executed.

Reproduction Instructions

Send a command to i3 with the format "...; restart; ...". Everything before the restart will run, and everything after won't. For example:

i3-msg "workspace 1; restart; workspace 2"

This ends with workspace 1 showing, not workspace 2.


Output of i3 --moreversion 2>&-:

Binary i3 version:  4.16-73-g3e3257a (2018-12-16, branch "next") © 2009 Michael Stapelberg and contributors
Running i3 version: 4.16-73-g3e3257a (2018-12-16, branch "next") (pid 1486)
Loaded i3 config: /home/user/.config/i3/config (Last modified: Sun 23 Dec 2018 02:13:17 PM PST, 27 seconds ago)

The i3 binary you just called: /usr/bin/i3
The i3 binary you are running: i3-with-/i3

Contents of /home/user/.config/i3/config:

set $mod Mod1
set $super Mod4

floating_modifier $mod

bindsym $mod+Return exec $term
bindsym $mod+Shift+c reload

bindsym $mod+Shift+r restart
bindsym $mod+Shift+e exec "i3-nagbar -t warning -m 'You pressed the exit shortcut. Do you really want to exit i3? This will end your X session.' -b 'Yes, exit i3' 'i3-msg exit'"
- Linux Distribution & Version: Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 (kernel 4.15.0-42-generic)
- Are you using a compositor (e.g., xcompmgr or compton): No

Other information:

I'm fairly certain this happens because i3_restart() (in util.c) calls execvp(), so the parser never reaches subsequent commands. With the payload "workspace 1; restart; workspace 2", the process is replaced with a new i3 process before the second workspace command is reached. This is probably a more generalized case of issue #3565 -- a fix for this could also fix that issue, but this issue could still be present if only #3565 is fixed.


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