collecting data from a coring process

Paul Marquess
Fri Aug 26 09:06:00 GMT 2016

I have an existing Linux application that uses gdb to collect data from a process if it cores. Currently I've been doing that with gdb after the core is written to disk. No problem there.

The requirements have now changed and it won't be possible to allow the core file to be written to disk. That means I need a way to (somehow) get gdb to collect the data while the process is still in memory.

My first thought was to add a script in /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern to catch the process as it is coring. Then I get gdb to attach to the PID of the process that is about to core. Unfortunately, when I tried that, gdb gives me this error

    Unable to attach: program terminated with signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
    No stack.

That seems to imply that by the time /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern kicks in it is too late to use the PID with gdb.

Anyone know of a way to do this? Preferably one that doesn't involve changing the process itself.


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