help logging a crash

Eric F Crist ecrist at
Sun Jan 16 08:50:03 PST 2005

On Jan 16, 2005, at 10:38 AM, J.D. Bronson wrote:

> I am having random reboots on my 5.3 system
> even using GENERIC.
> I am wondering, what do I have to do to enable some sort of debug/crash
> log...I dont want the thing to just reboot w/o telling me why.
> When this happens, there are no logs...just a reboot and then the FSCK.
> I believe I need to compile some options into a kernel to trap this, 
> but dunno...where...
> Thanks in advance guys :)

If you enable debugging in the kernel, IIRC, you should have a dump 
file in the system root directory when the system crashes.  If you tell 
us a little more about the system you're using, such as hardware, 
specific services you're running, we might be able to tell you why it's 
crashing.  Also, the output of uname -a would be beneficial.

Eric F Crist                  "I am so smart, S.M.R.T!"
Secure Computing Networks              -Homer J Simpson
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