This page describes Sony's embedded crash_handler program.
This is a new crash_handler written by Tim Bird, of Sony, for use in embedded Linux products.
It is a derivative of Android debuggerd crash-handler and debug aid program, and is licensed under the Apache license.
Crash_handler (new name needed) is a crash report generator for embedded Linux systems. It uses features of recent Linux kernels to query the capture process crash events, and to record information about the crash history of a device, as well a individual crash reports.
It is originally based on Android's debuggerd, which performs similar functionality. However, debuggerd requires that a dedicated debugging process be running permanently on the system, where crash_handler does not.
When a crash occurs, crash_handler collects information about the dying process from /proc, possibly from the kernel message log, and by using ptrace to query the process memory image. This information is saved in a crash report, called a 'tombstone'. Up to 10 tombstones are saved, before the oldest ones start being overwritten. Also, a crash journal file is maintained, which records information about the crash history of the device.
- Build using your cross-compiler, and place somewhere on your target system
- Install by running the following as root: 'crash_handler install'
- This sets /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern with the correct string
- The crash journal is at: /tmp/crash_journal
- Individual crash reports are in: /tmp/tombstones, and have the names 'tombstone_0x', where x is a number from 0 to 9
Required kernel patches
To discuss this crash handler, use the celinux-dev mailing list. See http://lists.celinuxforum.org/mailman/listinfo/celinux-dev