Solaris[TM] Operating System: How to force a kernel core dump on an x86 or x64 system
Last updated on JUNE 05, 2018
Applies to:Solaris Operating System - Version 8 2/04 U8 and later
Sun Server X3-2 - Version All Versions to All Versions [Release All Releases]
This document provides instructions on how to configure and initiate forced crash dumps (kernel core dumps) in x86 Solaris[TM]. This is usually performed in order to collect information for troubleshooting system hangs.
Two methods for generating a forced crash dump on Solaris x86 are covered:
- The Solaris kernel debugger $<systemdump command: available on any platform running Solaris x86.
- Using the Non Maskable Interrupt (NMI): available on many (but not all) platforms.
It is beyond the scope of this document to recommend when to enable or use either of these methods for forcing a crash dump - such direction would generally be provided by Oracle Customer Support, taking in to consideration your operating environment and specific troubleshooting requirements.
It is a pre-requisite that a suitable dump device is configured and available. For more information refer the the dumpadm(1M) and savecore(1M) man pages & documentation for your Operating System version.
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