Subject: Re: Correctness of core dumps
To: Chris G. Demetriou <>
From: Ignatios Souvatzis <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 04/21/1999 21:52:41
On Tue, Apr 20, 1999 at 04:05:48PM -0700, Chris G. Demetriou wrote:
> "Neil A. Carson" <> writes:
> > Q: Is core dumping of any device really that useful anyway, most of the
> > time?
> I can think of some specific cases in which it is potentially useful,
> but in the general case, in my opinion, it's a wrong and dangerous
> thing to do.


About the only not dangerous devices I can think of are
- Video Frame buffers
- Amiga "CHIPMEM" (audio/floppy/builtinvideo special DMA memory).

There are devices around that MUST NOT be read (they write FF instead).