Bug 12551 - Console.ReadKey() when stdin is not coming from console different from .NET specified behavior
Summary: Console.ReadKey() when stdin is not coming from console different from .NET s...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Class Libraries
Classification: Mono
Component: mscorlib ()
Version: 2.8.x
Hardware: PC Linux
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Target Milestone: Untriaged
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-06-04 23:04 UTC by Greg Najda
Modified: 2013-06-09 17:32 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Greg Najda 2013-06-04 23:04:44 UTC
Running the following on .NET with stdin redirected:

C:\Users\Greg\Documents\Programming\consoletest\consoletest\bin\Debug>consoletest.exe < NUL
Press a key
InvalidOperationException thrown.

Running it on Mono in Linux:

greg@Kubuntu:~/dev/consoletest/consoletest/bin/Debug$ mono consoletest.exe < /dev/null
Press a key
Key pressed: 0

greg@Kubuntu:~/dev/consoletest/consoletest/bin/Debug$ mono --version
Mono JIT compiler version (Debian

The documentation on MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/x3h8xffw.aspx) clearly states that InvalidOperationException should be thrown if "The In property is redirected from some stream other than the console."

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;

namespace consoletest
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            Console.WriteLine("Press a key");
            bool exceptionThrown = false;
            ConsoleKeyInfo key = new ConsoleKeyInfo();
                key = Console.ReadKey(intercept: true);
            catch (InvalidOperationException)
                // This is the documented behavior when reading from a non-console stdin
                Console.WriteLine("InvalidOperationException thrown.");
                exceptionThrown = true;
            if (!exceptionThrown)
                // Mono instead returns a ConsoleKeyInfo with a Key value of 0.
                Console.WriteLine("Key pressed: {0}", (int)key.Key);
Comment 1 Jonathan Pryor 2013-06-05 09:37:03 UTC
Probably related: Bug #10106.
Comment 2 Greg Najda 2013-06-09 17:32:25 UTC
Looking at the code, the fix appears to be simply having NullConsoleDriver.ReadKey(bool intercept) throw an InvalidOperationException instead of returning ConsoleKeyInfo.Empty.