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What are OS core files?

Nov 14, 2016 at 07:16 AM


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Could anyone explain me:

What is the use of core files generated at os level? what is the use and when to delette those files for clearing space?

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Adam Gaspar
Nov 14, 2016 at 02:02 PM

Hello Bhushan,

core files are the memory contents of a crashed program. These can be used to diagnose why the program terminated, for example by extracting the C-stack from it (the last calls made by the prog.) You can find more information on core dumps at :

The file should be kept for analysis, for example if you are opening a SAP incident regarding the crash. If the source of the crash is known, the files can be removed, as they can take up a lot of space.

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Hi Adam,

Thanks for your response, just one more question, at which location in Linux and Windows these core dumps will get generated?




This whole question reads like an interview question and the follow-up question really shouts "hey, I'm not going to use a search engine - you do it for me!". Mate, this is a professional's Q&A site. Please do your homework.

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Lars Breddemann

Thanks for the advice. Glad that you have time to write two lines of message not the question being asked.

Thanks again..


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