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I have a Busybox/Linux system where a mystery program is segfaulting rarely. Is there a way to find which program is doing this?

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If the segmentation fault produces a "core" file, you can run file <core-filename> to identify the executable. You can also use ddd or gdb to debug the core file for more information.

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I'm not getting core dumps, but I found an article on enabling them –  Shawn J. Goff Mar 18 '11 at 17:12

Uh, how do you know about the segfault anyway?

There is a kernel log message at priority info. It shows the executable name without the directory part. On some architectures, the debug.exception-trace sysctl must be set. Some architectures require a compile-time option and kernel command line parameter (e.g. CONFIG_USER_DEBUG and user_debug on arm).

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On how I knew about the segfault: the console irregularly spat out "Segmentation Fault" with no further information. –  Shawn J. Goff Mar 19 '11 at 3:02

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