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KnowledgeBase 00032: Process Dump Files

Last updated: 22 Jul 2016
Applies to: All versions
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This article was originally published as a Tip of the Week.

Enabling the DUMP.ON.ERROR mode of the OPTION command causes QM to create a process dump file at any error that cause a program to abort. This file will contain the complete status of all programs in the current call stack, including the content of every program variable. Process dump files are extremely useful in debugging applications. Enabling this feature on production systems provides reliable evidence for any end user bug report.


Process Dump File Location

By default, a process dump is written to a file named QMDUMP.n in the QMSYS account directory where n is the QM user number of the dumped process. The DUMPDIR configuration parameter can be used to direct the output to an alternative location.


Process Dump File Content

The process dump file contains


Forcing a Process Dump

Sometimes it is useful to force a process dump of a process that has not encountered a fatal error in order, perhaps, to track down the cause of a loop. This can be done with the PDUMP command:

   PDUMP userno


Security Issues

Because the PDUMP command can weaken security by allowing a user to dump the content of another user's process, QM includes a PDUMP configuration parameter to restrict access so that a non-administrator user can only dump processes running under the same user name.


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