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SubjectRe: /proc/sys/kernel/corename
Good idea, but which terminal are you going to run the debugger on,
if the process did not have a ctty in the first place?
Even if it had one it is better to not touch it as it may be in
insane (anything other than canonical) state.

Perhaps one could choose a spare vc (like X does when it starts up)
and start gdb there?

Tigran A. Aivazian,

On Tue, 22 Dec 1998, Kenneth Albanowski wrote:

> On Tue, 22 Dec 1998 wrote:
> > I'm working on a "/proc/sys/kernel/corename" used to change
> > the filename of a coredump. Ie. you echo something to the above
> > file and thats what the corefile will be called.
> > This has been discussed in an earlier thread and the idea to
> > use %<whatever> came up, for example %p would expand to the coredumping
> > process pid. I am also trying to conform to the codes used by /bin/ps.
> >
> > My problem is how to get the values for certain of these codes, if
> > anyone has any suggestions of an easy way to get the bellow values
> > while in elf_core_dump() (in linux/fs/binfmt_elf.c).
> > I have been using the values in "task_struct *current" extensively
> > so its possible that some (all?) of these values can be found in there.
> > If so, please point me in the right direction.
> >
> > Problem values:
> >
> > coredumping processes: args,elapsed time
> > user owning the coredumping processes: username,groupname,tty
> I would be astonished if any names (user, group, or tty) were available
> within the kernel. (Tty names would probably be available in a devfs
> environment, though.) uids and gids, yes.
> This core discussion, and your mention of names, leads me to think of a
> completely different solution: a user-space daemon that can perform "Just
> in time debugging", as NT refers to it: connecting up to an application
> that has crashed. The obvious default is a core dump, but it should also
> be possible to hook a real debugger up. Once user-space code is performing
> the dump (or at least responsible for triggering the dump), gaining access
> to usernames and suchlike is trivial.
> I'm not sure whether it would be feasible to rewrite the core dumping as a
> user-space operation, or just give the daemon the ability to trigger a
> dump with a specified name. The debugger connection facility (along with
> the rest of this, I suppose) probably belongs in the ptrace system.
> --
> Kenneth Albanowski (, CIS: 70705,126)
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