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Panic! UNIX® System Crash Dump Analysis by Kimberley Brown, Chris Drake

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Chapter 31. A Stomped-on Module

All too often, the root cause of a system crash cannot be located. When we are working with postmortem files, we are examining the last snapshot of the system. We can always find what caused the system to die, just as a coroner can find what finally ended a human life. However, finding the source of the problem, what actually caused the condition that caused the panic, or the death, is not always so easy. To say a person died of heart failure is easy. But finding the reason the heart stopped is not always as simple. The same is all too true with computers.

The crash dump that we are going to examine in this case study is a perfect example of a system that panic’ed due to an unknown cause. We will quite quickly and ...

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