does rtems 5.1 support create a core dump file when accessing a invalid address or other fatal errors?

Peter Dufault dufault at
Tue Sep 15 20:25:10 UTC 2020

I think that stating that "Due to a shared address space" RTEMS can't generate a "core dump" is wrong.

For example, when a thread de-references a NULL pointer the rest of the application will be intact enough to create a "core dump".

In general, when you're developing an application I don't think you want a "core dump", you want to have a debugger attached.

In the field, if your multi-threaded application is functional and has a place to store a "core dump", I think it would be great to do so if possible.

> On Sep 15, 2020, at 12:03 , Joel Sherrill <joel at> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 10:26 AM Gedare Bloom <gedare at> wrote:
> No, there is no facility to generate a core dump. Due to shared
> address space, once there is a fatal error you can't really trust
> anything running in the target. You wouldn't necessarily want to try
> writing to a mounted filesystem.
> You could probably set up a debugger to do something like this by
> triggering it in the fatal exception handler. You'd need to make use
> of whatever the debugger can do already though. You really can't rely
> on the executing target.
> On the more popular architectures, if you get an exception, the BSP
> will print out a lot of information. Included in that is usually the address
> of the fault and register set. You can use the symbol table (from nm)
> or addr2line to map that back to source code. Look at the generated
> assembly and you can often tell what went wrong.
> Better is to attach a debugger and set a breakpoint on the exception
> handler address and then poke around to see more details.
> --joel
> Gedare
> On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 4:58 AM smallphd at <smallphd at> wrote:
> >
> > I am developing applications in rtems 5.1. As we know, my application and rtems kernel are both in the same address space.
> > So if my application access an invalid address or encounter other fatal errors, I want the kernel not just being hunging, but create a core dump file.
> > This file contains the whole contents of memory and I could use a debuger to analyse the file to handle the bug.
> > The question arise because I do not want always debug rtems in the bsp.
> >
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Peter Dufault
HD Associates, Inc.      Software and System Engineering

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