Bug 17085 - Console.SetForegroundColor breaks Control-C in web applications
Summary: Console.SetForegroundColor breaks Control-C in web applications
Alias: None
Product: Class Libraries
Classification: Mono
Component: System ()
Version: 3.0.x
Hardware: PC Linux
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Target Milestone: Untriaged
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-01-07 06:33 UTC by Federico Di Gregorio
Modified: 2014-02-12 09:45 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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

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Description Federico Di Gregorio 2014-01-07 06:33:44 UTC
We are using fastcgi-mono-server4 both in development and production. The application can easily be interrupted from the console by sending a SIGINT (Control-C) unless Console.SetForegroundColor is used, in which case the application continues to work correctly but can't be interrupted anymore.

This can easily be reproduced as follow:

1) In Xamarin Studio/MonoDevelop create a new Web Application (the one with default page).

2) Add the following code to the Default.aspx.cs file, at the end of the button1Clicked method:

    Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Cyan;
    Console.WriteLine("This should print in nice cyan color!");

3) Go to the project directory and run:

    MONO_OPTIONS=--debug fastcgi-mono-server4 /socket=tcp: /applications=/:.

   Control-C will correctly interrupt fastcgi-mono-server4.

4) Configure Apache or nginx to do FastCGI on localhost:9000 and load the root page a couple of times.

5) Now Control-C does nothing.
Comment 1 Miguel de Icaza [MSFT] 2014-02-11 21:48:01 UTC
This is correct.

When you use any of the "enhanced" Console methods (colors, single-keystroke read, go-to column/location) we enable the advanced console, and that one takes over C-c.

By design I am afraid.
Comment 2 Federico Di Gregorio 2014-02-12 03:32:50 UTC
That's OK (probably should be documented somewhere). I have two questions though:

1) how is one supposed to intercept C-c after the advanced console has been enabled?

2) Is it possible to disable it (after using the "enhanced" methods?
Comment 3 Miguel de Icaza [MSFT] 2014-02-12 09:45:14 UTC
You can use the Console's CancelKeyPress event.

There is no way to turn this off;   your best bet is to avoid using any of the new Console APIs, and instead use something like curses, or roll your own.