What is the Difference Between Core Dump and Heap Dump

Question: What is the Difference Between Core Dump and Heap Dump?

Answer: Heap dump – Collection of objects that are in memory (JVM)
Thread dump – Shows what each thread in a process is doing at a given point in time along with the stack trace.
Core dump – O/S level dump file which has O/S level info in addition to the heap dump. (What is the Difference Between Core Dump and Heap Dump)

Heap dump – is useful to analyse OOM situations.
Thread dump – To troubleshoot slow running of your application.
Core dump – When your JVM has crashed abruptly. To find details about native calls and so on.

Core dump will be generated automatically if a program crashed due to  segmentation fault or some other reason.(Company)But core dump will not be generated if an application halt and been terminate by control+c or conventional way of kill or pkill.

In order to force a core dump generation you could run kill -6

You should also make sure that you have enabled it and have provided enough space and permissions for it to get generated.

For Linux, the coredump is turned off by default on all systems. For RedHat Advanced Server 2.1, it should be under /etc/security. There should be a self-explanatory file called limits.conf and look for the word “core”. If set to “0”, then coredump is disabled.

For Solaris, (Salesforce Certification Training) you can also make sure core files are enabled with the coreadm command.

Check ulimit -a to see whether your environment allows core files to be produced.
ulimit -c (This is the size limit of the core file. Fix it with ulimit -c unlimited).
Kernel limitation (hard limit for ulimit -c).

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