dumper does not produce core that gdb recognizes?

Lavrentiev, Anton (NIH/NLM/NCBI) [C] lavr@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Fri Jul 8 22:06:31 GMT 2022

Hi all,

I need to do some deep debugging on Cygwin so I need to produce a core...  And it does not work.

So I reduced the problem to this minimal test case:

$ cat a.c
#include <stdlib.h>

int main()

$ gcc -Wall -g a.c

$ echo $CYGWIN

$ ulimit -a
core file size          (blocks, -c) unlimited
data seg size           (kbytes, -d) unlimited
file size               (blocks, -f) unlimited
open files                      (-n) 3200
pipe size            (512 bytes, -p) 8
stack size              (kbytes, -s) 2036
cpu time               (seconds, -t) unlimited
max user processes              (-u) 256
virtual memory          (kbytes, -v) unlimited

$ ./a
*** starting debugger for pid 19934, tid 9332

$ ls -l a.*
-rw-r--r-- 1 ANTON None      49 Jul  8 17:40 a.c
-rwxr-xr-x 1 ANTON None  161487 Jul  8 17:41 a.exe*
-rw-r--r-- 1 ANTON None 3331640 Jul  8 17:46 a.exe.core

$ file a.*
a.c:        C source, ASCII text
a.exe:      PE32+ executable (console) x86-64, for MS Windows
a.exe.core: ELF 64-bit LSB core file, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV)

BUT: gdb does not want this core file:

$ gdb ./a.exe a.exe.core
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Reading symbols from ./a.exe...
"/home/ANTON/a.exe.core": no core file handler recognizes format

What I am doing wrong?


Anton Lavrentiev
Contractor NIH/NLM/NCBI

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