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Debugging ethernet before NFS boot

I'm trying to boot Linux from U-boot on an embedded ARM board using a filesystem on a remote machine served via NFS. It appears that the ethernet connection is not coming up correctly, which results ...
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How to make gdb not ask me “y or n”?

When I use GDB command add-symbol-file to load the symbol, GDB always asks me 'y or n', like this: gdb> add-symbol-file mydrv.ko 0xa0070000 add symbol table from file "mydrv.ko" at ...
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Install debug flash player in Chrome?

I am trying to adapt the instructions from here, here, and here to install the debug version of the flash player on my Ubuntu 13.04 installation such that Chrome 30.0.1599.66 can use it. ...
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Missing separate debuginfo for - GDB

I have mentioned -g option along with -Wall in the Makefile. When I run gdb onlineSunday, I get: Missing separate debuginfo for /usr/lib64/kde4/plugins/imageformats/kimg_dds.so Try: zypper install ...
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What is the difference between /proc/self/stack and output from pstack?

I have been looking through the documentation for /proc and the "stack" object being a new'ish object in proc, I have also looked through the kernel commit to create it -- however the documentation ...
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Unpredictable memory explosions

The main server at my company has recently been having a lot of downtime. For reasons that neither I nor the other admins can determine, it has random (VERY sudden) explosions in memory. It becomes ...
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How to passively capture from Unix domain sockets (AF_UNIX socket monitoring)?

TCP/IP and UDP captures can be made using tcpdump/dumpcap and produces a pcap/pcapng file which can be fed to Wireshark for further analysis. Does a similar tool exist for named Unix domain sockets? ...
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Print out unicode values of stdin?

I use od to print me the octal or hex of a file/stdin/string. This lets me see the ASCII, or UTF-8 encoded, values of my stdin. But we don't live in ASCIIland anymore. Is there any command that will ...
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Kernel debugging

I would like to study the flow of some linux device drivers and some minimal flow of kernel (threading cum context switching and interrupt management). How can I debug the linux kernel? What are the ...
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Understanding wpa_supplicant

TL;DR. I need help getting to the bottom of: why there are errors related to ioctl when using wext driver, why I'm not able to use nl80211 driver. When running wpa_supplicant I get weird errors ...
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wpa_supplicant nl80211 hangs linux mint frequently

My Linux Mint system (17 Cinnamon, lenovo g565) hangs up frequently during work (say, 2-4 times a day). It may look different - white screen, black screen, screen freeze. Checking syslog after hangs ...
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Shell script debugging

I was wondering if there is an IDE that would allow me to define an ssh connection to a remote host, connect, and locally debug a script running remotely (kind of like you can debug a remote Java app ...
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Unix/Linux C++ debugger that supports STL containers?

Currently I am using gcc-4.3.6 and Eclipse IDE for c++ development. I want to debug my project in Eclipse with gdb. I am having a hard time debugging code when it contains STL containers. Also I am ...
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Methods to diagnose why an application works for local user account but fails on a network user account?

I have setup a CentOS 6.5 machine that is attached to my company's domain. The OS is configured to allow Active Directory authentication so we do not have to have separate usernames and passwords to ...
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Is there an equivalent of addr2line on AIX system?

I'd like to debug proftpd on AIX and according to the documentation, addr2line is a usefull binary to identify what is not working. Extract of proftpd debugging documentation: The key here for ...
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Echo out lines of script before running them

Is there a way to run scripts in bash that makes it so that it prints each line of the script before executing it? This would be really useful to me for debugging... $./myscript.sh echo "Hello" ...
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Debugging dmesg logs

I noticed I have the following in my logs. I just am not sure as to how to go about figuring out how to fix or find out what is causing them and if they are serious. [582046.956291] Core dump to ...
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Capture and log GDB backtraces without stopping the process

First, a brief description of the situation: a computer sits hidden near a display in a gallery of some sort, acting as the silent workhorse for a piece. Despite its programmer's best intentions the ...
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bash: Cancelling the execution of 'trap handler DEBUG'

I can get a function myHandler() to execute before a bash command by doing the following: function myHandler() { ... } trap 'myHandler' DEBUG However, I'd like to be able to proceed with or ...
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How can I activate extra-verbose mode (debugging mode) during Debian boot?

How do I activate extra verbosity during boot, on Debian? I removed the quiet parameter and tried to add debug but it didn't help. My problem is that my keyboard takes 2-3 min to activate so it ...
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Where is vagrant's log file?

I am trying to debug a vagrant- or VirtualBox related problem (see taiga-vagrant fails to provide a working taiga environment #21). The command VAGRANT_LOG=debug vagrant up --debug prints out plenty ...
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Is it possible to compile individual software from the FreeBSD source tree?

I wonder if it is possible to compile individual software packages from FreeBSD source tree without compiling the whole kernel and world....Say,for example ex , which is included in the nvi (new vi) ...
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Methods to find out which (configuration) files are read by executable when started

What are the clever ways to find out which (configuration) files are read by executable if started? For example snmpd or sshd. One option is probably to check the CONFIGURATION FILES or FILES section ...
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Best practices for attaching debug symbols to system libraries during development?

I'm at a stage in a project where it would be really handy to have a debug version of a system package installed. On Ubuntu at least, adding the debug symbols to a library is a piece of cake. ...
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Source code location for debugging on Debian?

From Debian's DebugPackage, I know the debug information file for an executable goes in /usr/lib/debug when creating two part executables (i.e., stripping the executable of its symbols and placing ...
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How to debug a buggy running GUI application?

Suppose the GUI applications are not given names in its GUI, so you don't know what to check in 'ps -A', i.e. the nameless applications in the task bar. How do I know which GUI application belong to ...
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Sound Problems with pulseaudio

The overall question that my whole problem is kind of based on is regarding sound in linux. Should I be using alsa or pulse or what? I'm using pulse at the moment and this is my problem: I was in the ...
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How to dump the dmesg AKA Kernel logs to a single .txt file from the kernel boot?

I am trying to understand the SATA Host-Device Communication and for that I have put a lot of debug messages in the kernel driver code. Now messages are in such a huge amount that I am not able to see ...
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Debugging info in linux kernel - how does it work?

I have found that I can compile linux kernel with some flags adding debugging support like CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO. These options while useful in debugging are also required by some utilities like ...
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Kernel bisect: when a patch is failing for a reason other than original bisect purpose, what do you do? [closed]

Let's say you're trying to find the cause of a bug between 3.11.0 and 3.12.0. The bug is really difficult to catch, because it may or may not manifest itself over several days of regular workload ...
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An obscure autotools error with Epson iscan project

I'm seeing the following error when attempting to build iscan using the master branch on Debian wheezy. This project provides support for Epson scanners, in cases when SANE doesn't. This project ...
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Understanding line numbers reported when using eval

Okay, so I'm stuck working with a shell script that needs to use eval (I know, I know, ultimate evil etc…) however I'm having difficulty debugging some of the line numbers being thrown out by errors. ...
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My Debian freezes

I installed a fresh Debian 7 install, but it freezes from time to time, and when it happens (quite often indeed) only the mouse can move around but everything is blocked. All I can do is restart. I ...
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detect process that executes portscans

I have to administer an ubuntu 12.04 server, where there seem to go portscans to the whole subnet. How can I find out the process that does the scans? pstree init─┬─acpid ...
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How to increase ftrace precision to microseconds?

I'm trying to generate FTrace files inside an Android environment, using: root@adroid:# echo 1 > /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/events/sched/sched_switch/enable root@adroid:# echo 1 > ...
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Monodevelop doesn't run the project. When I try to run nothing happens

I've been trying to get Monodevelop up and running for almost a week now, first on my redhat and now on my fedora. The debugger doesn't work, when trying to debug I get this error: I tried ...
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Debugging a kernel shut down?

I'm on Linux 4.2.0, the Ubuntu Wily HWE kernel for Ubuntu 14.04 (which is what I'm running). There's a nasty bug on MacBook 11,4 and 11,5 models where the laptops won't actually ever shut off, they ...
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Inline debug (xtrace) in scripts

Is there a way to force enable or disable debug (xtrace) per command line in scripts ? In Windows Shell ("ms-dos") is an "@" which can prefix a command line, disabling that line to be showed if the ...
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whats a good tool to search tail -f output

I am dumping some debug info into a text file that I am using tail -f to monitor. Is there a tool that I can then pipe that tail -f data into to be able to search the text on screen using regular ...
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shell script with interesting bug

I've found such behavior of bash GNU bash, version 4.3.30(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) and even latest ( How to get version of dash? ) dash on Debian. Bug as is: /bin/echo "Silent Err ...
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Submitting bug reports for Arch Linux

I come from Ubuntu and when things crashed I could collect the relevant information and submit a bug report. Is there an easy or preferred way to do this in Arch Linux after an application crashes?
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How to proceed solving ppp connection problems?

I got an embedded system trying to create a ppp connection using a GSM modem. However the connection is never established and all I get is this error message in syslog: Oct 12 08:38:48 pppd[451]: ...
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Why does df on a specific mount iterate over all mounts?

When running df /nfs/mount/point, I expect that it will be faster than df | grep /nfs/mount/point, because it will not stat all other mount points. But strace shows that stat is executed all NFS ...
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What is Linux native debugging symbols format?

GCC documentation says that the -g option produces debugging information in the operating system's native format (stabs, COFF, XCOFF, or DWARF 2). So, what is Linux native debugging symbols format? ...
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Is there a simple way to find out the last line executed in a bash script?

In answering this question please bear in mind that I am a beginner and a bit out of my depth. I'm running a bash script which contains a for loop which will run thousands of times. Somewhere in this ...
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Is it possible to trace Linux source from initial bootup to desktop-GUI userland code?

I am wondering if, since Linux is 100% open-source, it is possible to follow line-by-line instructions of Linux to observe how the OS works entirely, so that one may get a better knowledge of how OSes ...
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How to debug a kernel panic on boot with archiso?

I have an iMac mid 2011 running OSX and I am trying to install Arch Linux following this guide. I successfully set up a dual boot last year following a similar procedure but now I can't even start ...
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set -xv behavior in ksh vs bash

Normally I like to have all of the debug output of a script go to a file, so I will have something like: exec 2> somefile set -xv This work very will in bash, but I have noticed in ksh it ...
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How to debug csh scripts?

My lab uses csh scripts to run jobs. It is usually difficult for me to debug a shell script, so I'm wondering if there is a csh debugger I can use. I know there are some flags like -x or -v that can ...
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Installing slime and emacs

I'm trying to install SLIME on Fedora 17 so that I can do some lisp. Here is what I downloaded: http://www.common-lisp.net/project/slime/#downloading The CVS Snapshot link. I have a .emacs file: ...