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OpenVMS Process Crash Analysis, a true test of patience
Topic Area:
Track: Open VMS
Topic: Internals
Type:  Breakout Session

Schedule:
11/11/99   11:30 AM     Duration: 60 Min.     Room: 3

Presenter:
Jeff Schreiber
Sr. Software Engineer, Process Software  

Abstract:
Many programmers working on VMS systems have found themselves at one point or another with a process crash. As the smoke clears, what was once believed to be a wonderfully written program is now reduced to a corpse in the form of a DMP file. Armed with some source code, a map file and ANALYZE/PROCESS_DUMP, it is time to setout on your voyage to defend your processes' honor and find the evil-doers that caused your process to crash! Not too long ago, I found myself on one of these voyages. However this time it wasn't actually my code, but rather code that I had never looked at before that found itself in my reign of responsibility. Like any good engineer, I dove in head first. After several days of leaving the office in a fog, dizzy and only able to speak hex, I found the crumb of evidence that eventually led me to the solution. With this session, I plan to tell the harrowing tale of my voyage, from initial investigation though to the final solution.

Objectives:
To add some more techniques to an engineer's process crash debugging arsenal.
 
To give those new to process dump analysis some good starting points.
 
To provide some entertainment to those that enjoy a good bug squashing story!  

Prerequisites for attendees:
Ability to read C and Macro code is helpful. Must have willingness to dive into a dump file from a process crash, experience will be helpful. Attendees MUST enjoy hearing the in-depth details hunting and killing a software bug!

Required Skill Level:
Advanced
For experienced professionals in application development & system management; those working on large & complex systems

                                                                                                                                                                           

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