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Old 02-16-2009, 04:13 AM   #1
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Finding process id of last crashed process

Hi All,

I want to know the method to find out the pid of the last crashed process. I tried using ps -aux which shows the last dead process as defunct but it goes off immediately after a short interval of time. So is there any method which gets me the pid of last crashed process even after a long time the process has died.

Thanks in advance.
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Well, when a process crashes it is removed from the process table, and that is why you can't find it by using "ps".
If you enable core dump generation, (ulimit -c <number>) you'll find that when a process crashes, a file containing information about the crashed process is put in its running folder. This file is named core.<pid> and retains some usefule information. Problem: this is not exactly what you need as there's not a functionality to find all recent crashed pids. Anyway, if you're analysing your own application, this can be of some help


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