segfault Xserver...current version (1.10, not 1.8)

Wed Aug 10 14:41:00 GMT 2011

On 09/08/2011 00:39, Linda Walsh wrote:
>>> Regarding a stack traceback -- I dont' see where the Xserver has produced
>>> a corefile to run gdb on (???). Does it produce one?
>> No.
> ---
> Oh. I try to config most of my apps to generate core dumps so I can
> get tracebacks of the actual problem that occurred in the actual binary that it
> occurred in.
> The instructions below don't say anything about getting a stack backtrace
> for the binary I'm running. They talk about downloading a different binary that
> may not reproduce the problem. In which case, I don't know if the problem is
> solved,
> or something just didn't step on something, randomly in memory due to some
> flailing pointer.
> Anytime you substitute a binary, getting a stacktrace or trying to produce a
> problem
> becomes an iffy proposition, because you aren't using the same program.

I am fully aware of these issues.

Unfortunately, the cygwin packaging tools don't currently allow me to detach, 
preserve and distribute the debug symbols, so a backtrace on the distributed 
binary is of little use as (i) it isn't annotated with symbols and (ii) I 
don't have the debug symbols, so I can't retrace the backtrace to annotate it 
with symbols.

> That said, I suppose I don't care that much, other than to get the problem
> fixed at some when I get time, I'll move forward with trying the
> instructions
> below...
> Which, BTW, I had already read before I asked about the coredumps for the
> current binary --
> (I'd like to know how to enable coredumps for the current binary! not a
> different one, but
> that may not be possible -- you might think about being able enable it in the
> future based
> on some ENV setting...just a thought)...

You can use the cygwin dumper tool [1] to produce a core dump, but this is not 
very useful on the stripped binary, for the reasons given above.


>> As I said once already:
> ---
> Yes you did, but that wasn't my question -- all I asked was about core dumps
> for the current
> binary. I didn't say I wouldn't do the below -- nor did I say the below told
> me to use
> the core dumps from my current binary... It was a related question, but not
> about how to do
> the 'below'...sorry if that was confusing...
>>> Following the instructions at [2] to obtain an Xserver backtrace would also
>>> be of great help.
>> [2]

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