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Enabling Stack Dumping in Linux Kernel
It can often be useful when debugging the kernel to be able to print the stack (and call trace) in the Linux kernel. While you could force a kernel panic to make this happen that is often less than desirable. Instead you would want to use the
dump_stack() function which will give you a call trace. This function is not enabled in the default kernel and must be enabled. This article will cover how to enable and use the
Enabling in Kernel Config
To enable the
dump_stack() function in the kernel config the following options must be set. You can use make menuconfig or make xconfig to do this.
- Kernel hacking -> Kernel debugging
- Kernel hacking -> Verbose kernel error messages
Enabling these two options will change the
dump_stack() function from a do nothing function to dumping the stack.
You need to rebuild your Linux kernel image after enabling these options.
dump_stack() function is as easy as calling dump_stack() wherever you wish to print out the stack. This will cause a stack trace to be printed at that point.
This is a useful way to print out the stack while leaving the kernel unharmed.