Understand and configure core dumps on Linux

When a Linux program or process gets into trouble, it typically crashes and leaves a core dump. Learn what Linux core dumps are and how to configure them.


Every system needs running processes to fulfill its primary goal. But sometimes things go wrong and a process may crash. Depending on the configuration of the system a core dump is created. In other words, a memory snapshot of the crashed process is stored. The term core actually refers to the old magnetic core memory from older systems. Although this type of memory is no longer being used, we still use this term on Linux systems.