Subject: Re: port-xen/29887: sysctl kern.consdev coredumps
To: None <>
From: YAMAMOTO Takashi <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 06/21/2005 09:04:49
> > i really think this kind of "suppress coredump" thing is a bad practice.
> > if you want explicit checks, _DIAGASSERT is for you.
> I disagree. I think suppressing coredumpes is an excellent idea, where 
> reasonable.
> My day job is working on a shipping product. Core dumps are bad. Core 
> dumps generate customer service issues, and impact the reliaility of the 
> product. I would much rather have customers reporting logs like "Error X 
> with client (null)" than passing back stack traces.

yes, "(null)" can be useful or dangerous, depending on the calling context.
however, there is no way for a library to know which is the case.
fixing your product is appropriate because you know it's useful there.