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Solaris™ 9 System Administrator Exam Cram™ 2 (Exams 310-014 and 310-015) by Darrell Ambro

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Core File Management

When a process or program terminates abnormally, a copy of the contents of system memory being used by that program (both the executable code and its data) are written to a file so it can be examined and debugged. Memory is originally referred to as core memory or just core. This procedure of saving a copy of the core memory is referred to as a core dump. Core dumps are placed in a file named core located in the current directory associated with the process. This is still the default behavior of a Solaris system. However with Solaris 9, several features have been added to enhance the management of these core files.

The coreadm(1M) command allows core files to be placed in specified directories instead of just the current ...

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