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I can't seem to figure out how to enable or disable kernel crash dump.

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root@virtual-VirtualBox:~# sudo apt install linux-crashdump
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  crash kdump-tools kexec-tools libdw1 libelf1 makedumpfile
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  crash kdump-tools kexec-tools libdw1 linux-crashdump
  makedumpfile
The following packages will be upgraded:
  libelf1
1 upgraded, 6 newly installed, 0 to remove and 378 not upgraded.
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Get:6 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/main amd64 kdump-tools amd64 1:1.6.3-2~16.04.3 [23.3 kB]
Get:7 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/main amd64 linux-crashdump amd64 4.4.0.184.190 [2,606 B]
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Generating /etc/default/kexec...
Setting up libdw1:amd64 (0.165-3ubuntu1.2) ...
Setting up makedumpfile (1:1.6.3-2~16.04.3) ...
Setting up kdump-tools (1:1.6.3-2~16.04.3) ...

Creating config file /etc/default/kdump-tools with new version
Generating grub configuration file ...
Warning: Setting GRUB_TIMEOUT to a non-zero value when GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT is set is no longer supported.
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-45-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-4.15.0-45-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.elf
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
done
kdump-tools-dump.service is a disabled or a static unit, not starting it.
Setting up linux-crashdump (4.4.0.184.190) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu11) ...
Processing triggers for systemd (229-4ubuntu21.16) ...
Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-19) ...
root@virtual-VirtualBox:~# dpkg-reconfigure kexec-tools
root@virtual-VirtualBox:~# dpkg-reconfigure kdump-tools
Generating grub configuration file ...
Warning: Setting GRUB_TIMEOUT to a non-zero value when GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT is set is no longer supported.
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.15.0-45-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-4.15.0-45-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.elf
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
done
kdump-tools-dump.service is a disabled or a static unit, not starting it.

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  • ubuntu.com/server/docs/kernel-crash-dump mentions: "The kernel crash dump utility is installed with the following command: sudo apt install linux-crashdump" -- have you done that?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 0:25
  • Yes. I followed that documentation.
    – Nathan
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 0:48
  • Yes. I followed the documentation. When I got to the testing part, echo c > /proc/sysrq-trigger, it freezes my system.
    – Nathan
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 0:55
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    So where in the Ubuntu doco does it say that you have a kdump.service?
    – JdeBP
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 1:18
  • Nathan, it'd be best to edit your question with the steps you've taken to this point.
    – Jeff Schaller
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 1:39

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Actual service name is 'kdump-tools':

#> service kdump-tools status

● kdump-tools.service - Kernel crash dump capture service
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/kdump-tools.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: inactive (dead)


#> systemctl enable kdump-tools

Synchronizing state of kdump-tools.service with SysV init with /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install...
Executing /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install enable kdump-tools

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