Core Dump of a process in Red Hat Linux 5.9

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Old 08-04-2015
RedHat Core Dump of a process in Red Hat Linux 5.9

Hello All,

I am new joiner of this forum.I am new to Linux shell scripting.
At present I have identified 1 application which stalls very frequently (PID is say xyz) and I am not having much information in its application log to identify the root cause of stalling. I need to take the core dump in order to analyze it further.
I think I require some shell script in order to achieve the same.Preferably I want to do it through GCORE utility of GDB.

Can any one help me out in this regard?
I am using Red Hat Enterprise Linux server release 5.9
Kernel version is 2.6.18

# 2  
Old 08-04-2015
Just an obnoxious question: are you forced to use this obsolete version of RH? My first remark would be, unfortunately, to upgrade the install so you have access to the latest versions of the various tools.
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Old 08-04-2015
You can try sending the stalled process a signal to force it to dump core.
You need to be root to do this if your account is not running the process.
where xyz == pid of process
kill -s SIGSEGV xyz

If you have seen other core dumps by the account the process runs under then you are good to go. Otherwise check back here and a red hat person can step you through setting up core dumps.
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Old 08-04-2015
As I mentioned my post that my process is hanging.I need to trace out the reason of hanging.
So I require something which dumps continuously until the hang occurs.I can not predict when the process gets hang.
# 5  
Old 08-12-2015
Originally Posted by featheredfrog
Just an obnoxious question: are you forced to use this obsolete version of RH? My first remark would be, unfortunately, to upgrade the install so you have access to the latest versions of the various tools.
Yes.I am forced to used the latest version due to dependencies of some application.
I need to have some sort of way to take the core dump when it stalls.
Can u highlight in this regard.
# 6  
Old 08-14-2015
Before you take a core dump on RHEL, you typically have to modify your shell's ulimits and also /etc/security/limits.conf. You would also typically edit /etc/sysctl.conf and configure where to put the core file and the core file naming convention.
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Old 08-25-2015
But I can not predict when my application stalls?It is not definite?Can you tell me the procedure (step by step) in gcore to take the core dump.I have tested the following and it is dumping in running condition.
The following commands are executed to take the dump.

1) Ulimit –c (To check the limit of dump file which will be created)
In normal system it yields ‘0’. Means no dump file will be created.
2) Ulimit –c unlimited (to make the volume of dump file as unlimited)
You should get ‘unlimited’ as output if you again type ‘’ulimit –c’’ command in $ prompt.
3) gdb --pid = ‘10008’ (10008 is the PID of WEBFGSERVER in linux system where WEBFGSERVER is running)
You will be redirected to gdb prompt.
4) Typed the following in gdb prompt.
gdb> gcore. It will take 45 secs to 1 minute to create the memory dump. When you are redirected to gdb> type the following.
5) gdb> quit
6) It will create a file named core.10008 in the directory you are in.
Is there any thing wrong in it.If not then how the above steps can be used to core dump immediately after the process stalls?
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