HOWTO enable core-dumps

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Note: These steps are for Fedora Core, but should work on other Linux systems as well.

[edit] What are core-dump?

When a program crashes then it may leave a core which can be used to figure out exactly why the program crashed - which is specially useful if you are a programmer.

Core dumps are disabled by default on many Linux distributions as core-dumping on production machines is generally considered a bad idea.

[edit] HOWTO enable core-dumps

To enable core dumps for all daemon, please follow these steps:

Edit the /etc/profile. At line 26 of the file, replace this line:

ulimit -S -c 0 > /dev/null 2>&1

with this line:

ulimit -c unlimited >/dev/null 2>&1

Replace this line (around line 138 on Fedora) in /etc/init.d/functions

ulimit -S -c 0 >/dev/null 2>&1

with this:

ulimit -S -c ${DAEMON_COREFILE_LIMIT:-0} >/dev/null 2>&1

(this is now default on Fedora Core <3)

Enable core-dumping globally by editing the /etc/sysconfig/init file and adding the line:


Enable it for specific daemons by adding this line in the /etc/sysconfig/$daemon:


Optionally, enable core dump for SUID programs:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/fs/suid_dumpable

Edit the /etc/sysctl.conf and add the following:

fs.suid_dumpable = 1
kernel.core_uses_pid = 1

Then reload the settings in /etc/sysctl.conf:

sysctl -p

If you want to core dump on setuid programs you launch (for example, X), make sure the current directory is world writable.

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