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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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Dump Page table layout (KERNEL CONFIG)

While configuring kernel for debugging found this option: CONFIG_X86_PTDUMP: Export kernel pagetable layout to userspace via debugfs Does this mean RAM page-table layouts ? any guides on how ...
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Is there a way to find out which program is segfault-ing?

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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Kernel Hacking Environment

I have been working in embedded OS like uCOS, ThreadX. While I have coded apps in Linux, now I’m planning to start learning Linux Kernel. I have few questions regarding the environment. Which is ...
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Debugging Linux machine freezes

I have 15 identical Linux RH 4.7 64-bit severs. They run cluster database (cluster is application level). On occasion (every month or so) a random box (never the same though) freezes. I can ping the ...
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How does a debugger work in Linux?

How does a debugger work in Linux? How does it gets 'attached' to an already running executable or process. I understand that compiler translates code to machine language, but then how does debugger ...
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How do I debug a kernel module in which a NULL pointer appears?

I have a custom kernel module that I compiled from this patch that adds support for the logitech G19 keyboard among other G series devices. I compiled it just fine against Ubuntu's maverick kernel's ...
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How to debug an inserted kernel module?

I would like to debug a loaded kernel module I don't have the source code to; I suspect it's a virus. Is there a way to feed it into GDB for analysis?
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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 can I debug a Suspend-to-RAM issue on Linux?

I'm hoping to get experience-based suggestions on how to go about debugging suspend-to-RAM issue. Advice specific to my situation(detailed below) would be great, but I am also interested in general ...
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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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Best practise to diagnose problems [closed]

As Linux/Unix users, we run into problems frequently. And after long hours of problem solving, we develop the skill of debugging. Now, what are good principles, methods or best practises when trying ...
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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 can I figure out why gnome-panel is frequently misbehaving?

On my system (Debian Lenny AMD64), gnome-panel seems to act up now and again. I've not found a way to force it to happen, but it seems to be related to launching processes. Basically, I launch some ...
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Can we get compiler information from an elf binary?

Is there some chance to know how a binary was built, under Linux? (and or other Unix) Compiler, version, time, flags etc... I looked at readelf and couldn't find much, but there might be other ways ...
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How to track/fix a memory-related issue in a large C/C++ code on *nix systems

What strategy you use while tracking a memory-related issue? What tools do you use (open source as well as proprietary) to identify memory leaks, memory corruption etc? How would you track memory ...