trackin down hard to find bugs

Carl J. Van Arsdall cvanarsdall at
Thu Sep 7 00:00:58 CEST 2006

Hey all,

I have several scripts currently in a production environment.  Every two 
to three weeks or so our systems end up crashing.  Unfortunately the 
traceback's aren't enough for me to debug the problem, so I'm having an 
issue trying to determine what to do next.  The other issue is that 
these jobs are all run from various cron tasks from a server, so I don't 
have a console to attach pdb to when this system dies.  So far I'm not 
having any luck reproducing the issue either, so I need to bring in the 
big guns somehow.

When I played with C in college i remember that it was possible to 
compile the code with debugging support, then when something crashed I 
could load the core dump to gdb and work on the problem a little more.  
Is there any way to do this with python?  Are there any other 
suggestions for getting the state of the system after an exception so 
that I could piece things together and try to solve this thing?




Carl J. Van Arsdall
cvanarsdall at
Build and Release
MontaVista Software

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