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Re: [PATCH] Add --core-pattern option to eu-stack

On Thu, 2014-10-09 at 23:25 +0200, Jan Kratochvil wrote:
> To backtrace crashed thread from Linux core_pattern handler a special operation
> similar to PTRACE_ATTACH needs to be done.  This is implemented as a demo in
> eu-stack's core_pattern function invoked by eu-stack's --core-pattern option.

Cute! And I saw the %i support made it into the mainline kernel:

I did have to lookup how to use this though. And I couldn't make it work
without adding an -o option to eu-stack to explicitly redirect output
since it seems you cannot use normal shell redirections
in /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern. So I had to use something like
--output=/proc/%p/cwd/%i.stack. Where does the stdout of the
core_pattern end up otherwise?

It would probably be good to have a full example usage in the --help
message (and tell people to look at man 5 core).

> The code of core_pattern function has been suggested by Oleg Nesterov.

I was wondering if we could make this a little more generically usable
and call it --wait-exit or something like that. So people could also use
it outside the core_pattern if they just want to get a backtrace for a
known thread when it exits.

> +      if (opt_core_pattern == true && show_one_tid == false)
> +	argp_error (state,
> +		    N_("--core-pattern requires -1"));

Why this restriction?



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