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A library that can be LD_PRELOADed onto another program.  If the program crashes, a textual crash dump is produced.  The crash dump contains an "executive summary" of what went wrong, including a stack trace.

The point is to have a lighter alternative to core dumps.  A core dump has very much information, but is also often huge.  Most projects can't handle getting half-gig core files attached to their user's bug reports.

A crash dump on the other hand is very suitable to attach to a bug report.  While it may not be enough to track down the problem, it will often be a precise tool for classifying bug reports, and to find out in which cases you'd actually be interested in getting at the half-gig core file.

The primary goal of this library is to only produce a useful textual crash dump.

Future enhancements could include things like moving core dumping out of the kernel and into userspace, or providing automagic bug reporting a la OpenOffice, Windows or Mozilla.

Both KDE and GNOME have similar projects, but AFAIK they are both bound to having a GUI available and a user watching it.  Thus they are not very useful for anything but end-user applications.

Registration Date: Tue 14 Sep 2004 07:56:55 PM UTC
License: GNU Lesser General Public License
Development Status: 2 - Pre-Alpha


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