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Old 05-22-2006, 07:38 PM   #1
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creating crash logs

I find it very odd that when an application crashes no logs are written to the home folder of the logged in user or /var/log

Lately my xmms was crashing sporadically. I kept launching it via a launcher on the desktop, hence everytime it crashed I was left with nothing to go by. I eventually just started it via terminal and when it crashed I got my output. Problem solved now.

But, is there a way to get the kernel to log crash dumps when applications bomb?

Just curious. Thanks.

Old 05-22-2006, 08:01 PM   #2
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I'm assuming you're talking about user applications only...

You could change the command used to start the application from the menu to include piping the output to a file. For example, if an application doesn't support using syslog, the following will send its output to firefox.log in your home directory:
/usr/bin/firefox &>~/firefox.log
You may still get nothing, it depends on the circumstances of the application crash.
Old 05-22-2006, 08:15 PM   #3
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I didn't think of doing it that way. I could basically change my launchers to pipe out to a log folder and a specific file, OR, pipe to tty2-3-etc...

Thanks for the idea


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