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Re: Automatic Debug Packages

On 2009-08-13 11:32:17 +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
> Not having anything to do with Ubuntu, I don't know anything about the
> details, but they have had automatic debug packages and automated
> crash report stuff for quite a while, a couple of years IIRC. The
> specs for that are here:
> https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/apt-get-debug-symbols
> https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+spec/automated-problem-reports

Some more links and information:

- The ddeb repository is at http://ddebs.ubuntu.com/
- They are created on the Ubuntu buildds with pkg-create-dbgsym which
  diverts dh_strip.
  Source at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pkg-create-dbgsym

They are used by the automatic retracing service of crashes filed in
Launchpad with apport. Example for such a bug

But one can also use them to locally retrace crashes with
| Description: tools for reprocessing Apport crash reports
|  apport-retrace recombines an Apport crash report (either a file or a
|  Launchpad bug) and debug symbol packages (.ddebs) into fully symbolic
|  stack traces.
|  .
|  This package also ships apport-chroot. This tool can create and
|  manage chroots for usage with apport-retrace. If the fakeroot and
|  fakechroot libraries are available (either by installing the packages
|  or by merely putting their libraries somewhere and setting two
|  environment variables), the entire process of retracing crashes in
|  chroots can happen with normal user privileges.
| Homepage: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Apport
Source package at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apport


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