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Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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24PROBLEM REPORTS AND PANICS

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FreeBSD is produced by human beings. Human beings make mistakes. Some of these mistakes are pretty trivial, while others can crash the whole system. FreeBSD explicitly has no warranty, but the community takes problems fairly seriously. Developers can’t fix these problems without a proper bug report, however—and that’s where you come in. Learning how to file a usable bug report will help you interact with not only the FreeBSD Project but also every other entity that produces software.

Bug reports need program output that demonstrates the bug, but what if the problem crashes the whole system? A system-halting panic

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