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SubjectKernel debugger anyone?

I'm just wondering about the inclusion of a real kernel debugger.. I was
playing around with NetBSD on my Dec VAXStation 3100, and the kernel
crashed, and up popped a nice debugging prompt. Is there some reason that
Linux doesn't do this? Wouldn't this feature seem infinitely useful,
compared to say a stupid boot logo or a new non existant linux

I'm not overly up to date on the way the internals of the linux kernel
work, but could it be just a matter of linking gdb with the kernel? It
could be made a config option, or at the very least just a patch to the

The only real disadvantage I can see is the effort involved in
implementation, and maybe some might find the additional ram usage

Just my 2 cents..


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